Summit for Animals Mini Events


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About the National Animal Welfare Conference Mini Events

While Humane Canada hosts’ Canada’s largest gathering of animal welfare professionals, volunteers and advocates once a year, we wanted to find a way to stay in touch and bring the sector together more frequently, especially at this time of isolation and social distancing.

We are proud to present the Humane Canada Summit for Animals Mini Events in the spring/summer of 2021. These one-day spin-off events will focus on one particular topic related to animal welfare, and will be hosted online. Moreover, the sessions will be recorded and will be available to be watched through the event platform for one month post event.

Please mark your calendars and join us on Wednesday, September 15 to learn of the impacts of climate change on animal welfare.

Thank you to everyone who attended “The Impacts of Climate Change on Animal Welfare” – hosted on September 15, 2021

We humans have all heard the ongoing climate crisis by now, but what does this mean for our animal companions? The ongoing threat of global warming and climate change lay risk to animals and their ecosystems all over the globe, including animals used in industrialized agriculture, who are often associated with accelerating the issue.  What exactly does the climate crisis entail for humans and  animals alike?  What can be done to stop it?  Learn more in this unique, one-day event that focuses on climate change and they direct impacts it has on animals and their welfare.”

Join us on September 15 to learn from experts from across the country on the important connection between the global climate change crisis and animal welfare.

Who Attended?

The Impacts of Climate Change on Animal Welfare Summit Mini event was a professional event for networks for people from the following sectors:

  • Shelters and Rescues
  • Animal welfare advocates
  • Environmental organizations
  • Scientists and researchers
  • Academics
  • Policymakers

Event Highlights

  • Access to session recordings (including live sessions) for 1 month post event
  • Easily connect with like-minded people right in the platform through text or video chat
  • Live interactive sessions
  • Small time commitment, one-day event only
  • Breakout groups for networking opportunities
  • Increased interaction with speakers though live sessions and Q/A

Thank you to everyone who attended “The Future of Sheltering” mini event -hosted on June 17, 2021

Humane societies, SPCAs, animal shelters and rescues are society’s safety nets for animals, but we can’t discredit the role that human-animal bond plays in supporting people and the role the community plays in supporting these organizations. The COVID-19 pandemic was a perfect example of this. To prevent the spread of the virus, most shelters and animal care workers limited services and changed their operations to maintain physical distancing. Anticipating a shortage of staff and limited operations, shelters called on their communities for support, and those communities stepped up to help on an unprecedented level. As a result of this, animal welfare organizations across the globe were given the opportunity to review the importance of maintaining the human-animal bond and in keeping families and pets together.

Over 100 attendees came together on June 17 to learn from experts from across the continent on the important connection between animals, community members and animal sheltering organizations.

Who Attended?

The Community Sheltering Humane Canada Summit for Animals Mini event was a professional event for networks of service providers who work together to save and support pets and people including:

  • Spay/Neuter Groups
  • Trap-neuter-return teams
  • Rescue Groups
  • Veterinarians and veterinary staff
  • Community Cat Caregivers
  • Dog Walkers
  • Local Businesses
  • Neighborhood Groups
  • Animal Control Officers
  • Animal Shelters and Rescues
  • Animal welfare advocates
  • Pet foster parents

Community agencies supporting people such as social workers, outreach workers, food bank personnel and health care professionals.

Event Highlights

  • Access to session recordings (including live sessions) for 1 month post event
  • Easily connect with like-minded people right in the platform through text or video chat
  • Live interactive sessions
  • Small time commitment, one-day event only
  • Breakout groups for networking opportunities
  • Increased interaction with speakers though live sessions and Q/A

Questions? E-mail events@humanecanada.ca