Join Shelter and Animal Advocates from across the state for
2017 Stand Up for Animal Shelters: Policy and Advocacy
Monday and Tuesday, March 20th and 21st in Albany
Click here to register and pay online.

Monday starts at 11 a.m. at the Albany Renaissance with a forum on changing the culture of law enforcement and prosecutors’ offices when it comes to animal cruelty.

Creating New Perspectives on Animal Cruelty
A Seminar for Shelter Professionals, Law Enforcement, District Attorneys and ACO/DCOs

All too often, animal cruelty cases are not seen as important as other crimes. At times, present law eludes shelter staff, law enforcement and prosecutorial efforts. At others, there aren’t the resources or the drive to pursue these cases.

This seminar will provide participants with an overview of New York State’s animal cruelty laws and provide them with real life examples from shelters, prosecutors and law enforcement on how these crimes became priorities in their jurisdiction.

Moderator: Former Albany City Court Judge Rachel Kretser


  • Stacy Wolf, ASPCA Senior Vice President, Anti-Cruelty Group
  • Jennifer McCanney, Assistant District Attorney for Special Victims, Albany County District Attorney’s Office
  • Jed Painter, Chief, Animal Crimes Unit , Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and McKinneys Practice Commentator for Article 26 of the Ag & Markets Law (the cruelty laws) for Thomson West/Westlaw
  • Albany Count Sheriff Craig Apple, Sr.

This program will run until 2:45 p.m. and is sponsored by the Fed, the Albany County Sheriff and the District Attorneys Association of the State of NY.


3 PM: Winning the Grant Game: Tips for Successful Grant Writing
Participants will learn how to research funding opportunities, how to write compelling proposals and discover ways to ensure your proposal is reviewed. We will also discuss how to collect data to support both your application and your overall development activities.

This workshop will be conducted by:
Michael Buckley, VP for Philanthropy and External Affairs at Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, NY. During Mike’s tenure at MHHS, the number of corporate, foundation and government grant applications has grown the shelter’s grant revenue by 400%.
Todd Cramer, VP of Operations and Chief of Staff at Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and former Senior Program Manager at PetSmart Charities.

4 PM: Companion Animal Capital Fund: How It Will Work for Your Shelter
One of the primary issues to be discussed with state legislators on Tuesday, March 21st, the Companion Animal Capital Fund has the potential to be a game changer for shelter capital projects. Join Fed Executive Director, Libby Post, and her colleague, Sheila Healy, for this important primer on the Fund.

6 PM: Legislative Reception with the ASPCA and your elected officials
Just take a short walk up to the Empire State Plaza for a legislative reception sponsored by the ASPCA and the Fed. The reception takes place at the Cornerstone Restaurant at the Concourse of the Empire State Plaza.

Come to the Albany Room on the Concourse at the Empire State Plaza for breakfast and a legislative briefing. (Right across from the security checkpoint going into the Capital and the Legislative Office Building.) We’ll start the morning at 9 and have you on your way to your advocacy visits between 10:30 and 11. Once you’ve completed your visits, come back to LOB 715, the conference room of Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (our CACF champion in the Assembly). You’ll have the ability to drop off your debriefing forms anytime between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Lunch is on your own and then you can head back home!

If you’re planning to attend both days, you’ll have to register and pay $25 for NYSAPF members or $40 for non-members. Click here to register and to pay online.

We’ve arranged a block of rooms at the Albany Renaissance. To reserve your room, click here.