2016 Key Note Speaker Announced!

In 2016, join us in welcoming renowned animal welfare expert Emily Weiss, Ph.D. CAAB!Weiss

Dr. Weiss is the Vice President of Shelter Research and Development with the ASPCA. She has focused her professional and personal life on improving welfare for animals.  Dr. Weiss, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, was the Curator of Behavior and Research at the Sedgwick County Zoo.  There she developed enrichment and training programs for many different species-from lions and Komodo dragons, to African hunting dogs and giant cassowary birds. She published research focused on decreasing stress and improving welfare in zoos. During this time, Dr. Weiss also continued to develop assessment tools for shelter animals, first developing the SAFER assessment, a behavior assessment used by shelters throughout the country, and then developing Meet Your Match™ now an ASPCA program. Dr. Weiss, joined the staff of the ASPCA in July of 2005.

Dr. Weiss is an expert in evaluating the usefulness and impact of animal welfare policies on shelters, the community and, of course, the animals we serve. In her keynote presentation, “The Two Most Important Questions,” Dr. Weiss will consider whether the policies and procedures implemented in many shelters achieve the goals of decreasing homelessness, increasing adoptions and decreasing suffering. Through this exploration, we will learn to ask two very important questions: Why… and How do we know our practices are achieving our goals?


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