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World’s largest animal sheltering conference and tradeshow opens at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino May 21-24

(May 18, 2011)—Presented by The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Care Expo is celebrating its 21st year as the world's largest international education and trade show in the fields of animal care, sheltering and rescue. Animal Care Expo 2012 will be held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The conference includes more than 70 workshops, as well as exhibits and seven daylong certificate courses. More than 1,800 local leaders from animal shelters, rescue groups, and animal care agencies are expected to attend the HSUS training conference.

“Every year The Humane Society of the United States brings together the largest gathering of animal care, sheltering and rescue professionals from around the world to celebrate successes, share ideas and learn something new,” said Betsy McFarland, vice president for companion animal issues at The HSUS. “The annual Animal Care Expo is designed to lift up the entire field of animal sheltering and rescue by providing animal welfare workers with valuable workshops, exhibits and courses specifically devoted to the most innovative and groundbreaking developments in our field.”

The United States continues to move closer to the goal of ending the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in animal shelters. In the last two years alone, euthanasia in shelters has decreased by 10 percent and, despite a bleak economy, the proportion of pets in homes that were adopted from animal shelters and rescue groups has risen from 27 to 29 percent. On the international front, improvements are being made for the lives of millions of suffering street animals through spay/neuter, vaccinations, veterinary training and humane education. With a commitment to animal welfare steadily increasing worldwide, more pets across the globe share homes with caring families than ever before.

Expo workshops will cover a wide-range of issues, from creative marketing ideas to increasing adoptions and expanding the reach of the animal welfare field into under-served communities to exploring the latest advances in sterilization—such as nonsurgical sterilization—and implementing the Association of Shelter Veterinarian’s guidelines to improve shelter operations, improve medical care for animals, and, most importantly, save more lives.

A highlight of Expo 2012 will be a special book signing held for Expo attendees by The HSUS’ President and CEO, Wayne Pacelle. The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them (William Morrow; On Sale Now) is Pacelle’s first book and has been listed as a best-seller on the New York Times’ non-fiction list. The book is a compassionate, insightful and comprehensive examination of our special connection to all creatures, written by one of America’s most important champions of animal welfare.

Visit animalsheltering.org/expo for additional information about The HSUS' Animal Care Expo 2012.

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