19th Annual Minnesota Animal Welfare Conference

June 2, 2022

Meeting the Needs of Pets & People in the Animal Welfare Field

The Minnesota Animal Welfare Conference is an annual educational and networking opportunity for the state’s animal welfare community.

The Tri-County Humane Society volunteers to organize this annual conference because we believe that providing affordable opportunities for continued education and networking among animal welfare professionals is key to making Minnesota a more humane community.

This year, the focus is on the health and well-being of animals in shelters and foster homes.

Conference Schedule and Workshop Descriptions

Thursday, June 2nd

Workshops Located in Grand Ballroom

8:00 - 8:55  Registration, Breakfast

8:55  Opening Comments (ASPCA)

9:00 - 10:30  Workshop #1: Canine and Feline Upper Respiratory Infection: Sniffing Out the Situation

Speaker: Sarah Hicks, DVM

While canine and feline upper respiratory infections present a challenge for many animal welfare organizations, the right approach to URI can have a significant impact on population health, use of resources, staff morale, length of stay, and more!  In this presentation, we will explore the clinical signs of URI, infectious agents, and environmental factors before delving into prevention and treatment options. Lastly, we will discuss the critical role appropriate operational strategies play in minimizing respiratory infection in your organization.

10:30 - 10:50  Break Visit Exhibitors, Network

10:50—12:20 Workshop # 2: Lion Tamers: How to Help Undersocialized Kittens Find Homes

Speaker:  Adi Hovav, CPDT-AK

Want to know how to help undersocialized kittens get adopted? Join us for a deep dive into the ASPCA Adoption Center and Kitten Nursery’s Lion Tamers program. Learn how we leveraged foster volunteers to help more kittens, training them to use reward-based methods for shaping social behavior. This session will also cover best practices for sheltering fearful kittens while they wait for foster and tips for matching fearful kittens with loving homes.

12:20 - 1:20  Lunch (Poolside) , Silent Auction Closes at 1:15

1:20 - 2:50   Workshop #3:  Who Let the Dogs Out ….and Why?

Speaker:  Liv Hagen

Animal Humane Society (AHS) has been researching new dog housing options since the inception of our canine Habitat Prototype Project in 2018. Our research seeks to understand how to best design dog housing in our new animal care campus to meet individual dogs’ needs, reduce stress, encourage natural behaviors, and promote full physical, mental and emotional health. Throughout this research, AHS has conducted internal studies, and collaborated with Arizona State University and Maddie’s Fund to examine the benefits of dog socialization with other dogs, socialization with humans, shelter population studies on dogs’ ability to participate in playgroups over time, and impact of environment and kennel size. This talk will present a summary of AHS’s data and findings thus far on these topics, research currently in process, and encourage open discussion of where resources may be best allocated in animal shelters based on these initial results.

2:50  - 3:10  Break Poolside, Visit Exhibitors, Network, Silent Auction Cashier Open

3:10 - 4:40  Workshop #4: Pathway Planning: Getting on Track to Save More Lives!

Speaker:  Erica Schumacher, DVM

One of the most critical, yet often overlooked, steps in the shelter intake process is pathway planning. We will discuss how pathway planning from day 1 (or before!) can help ensure that animals in your care have a humane, enriched, and efficient stay in the shelter. We'll share tips for use throughout the animals' stay to keep them cruising along their path (or help them take an appropriate detour) with population rounds, pre-selection, foster-to-adopt, and other lifesaving programs.

4:40—5:00  A few wrap-up questions followed by door prize drawings (must be present to win).

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Submit Registration form with payment:

by Postal mail: 
TCHS / MN Conference PO Box 701 St. Cloud, MN 56302

by Email:  tchs@cloudnet.com

by Fax:  320-252-1325

2022 Conference Presenters:

This year, the focus is on the health and well-being of animals in shelters and foster homes.

Featuring highly accredited speakers from the Shelter Medicine Program; University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine Team: Dr. Erica Schumacher and Dr. Sarah Hicks*;

Adi Hovav CPDT-KA, Senior Manager of Behavior for the ASPCA’s Adoption Center**;

and Liv Hagen, the Shelter Behavior and Humane Investigations Manager at Animal Humane Society in Mpls, MN.

C.E. Credits

*Dr. Erica Schumacher and Dr. Sarah Hicks presentations approved for 3 C.E. credits for veterinarians and vet techs attending.

**Adi Hovav CPDT-KA presentation approved for 1.5 CBCC-KA CEUs may be applied to a CPDT-KA recertification. 

Liv Hagen’s presentation pending CE approval

The Minnesota Animal Welfare Conference is an approved provider of content that enhances professional competence and aligns with the CAWA Exam specifications.

Conference Location:

Best Western Kelly Inn 100 4th Avenue South Saint Cloud, MN 56301


If you plan to stay overnight, please call Best Western Kelly Inn directly for reservations at  (320) 253-0606 and ask for the MN Animal Welfare Conference rate.

2022 MAWC Sponsors

Top Dog Sponsors:

Regal Cat

Feathered Friend Sponsors

Royal Reptile Sponsors

Pocket Pet Sponsors

CSpecialities  -  GBC Calendars  -   MnPAW  -  PetLink

In-Kind Sponsors

Speakers Sponsored by

*The Tri-County Humane Society volunteers to organize this annual conference because we believe that providing affordable opportunities for continued education and networking among animal welfare professionals is key to making Minnesota a more humane community. 

We welcome you to visit our shelter, located at 735 8th St NE St. Cloud, MN 56304.  Our shelter hours of operation are: Monday—Thursday 12-6pm, Friday 12-8pm, Saturday 11-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm.