Join Shelter and Animal Advocates from across the state for
2018 Stand Up for Animal Shelters: Policy and Advocacy Days
Monday and Tuesday, March 5th and 6th, Room 711A in the Legislative Office Building
Click here to register.

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

Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Response 101:
Are ready should disaster strike? In this session learn the importance of, and how to prepare, a disaster response plan for your organization. Also learn about the Incident Command System and how a community-wide response is coordinated so you know where your organization fits into the overall response.

Speaker: Wanda Merling, Deputy Director, Operations, Animal Cruelty, Rescue and Response Team, HSUS

Ag & Markets Law 101:
In this session you’ll learn the key points of the dog control laws as outlined in Article 7. If you have specific questions about how to interpret these laws or just want a refresher, this workshop is for you. As a bonus, the speaker will also talk about the Department of Agriculture & Markets regulations for animal shelters and how to be best prepared for a shelter inspection.

Speaker: Elizabeth Holmes, LVT/AHI 1, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Animal Industry

Noon-1 p.m.: Speaker: Albany County District Attorney David Soares
Soares has been at the forefront of making animal cruelty a priority in law enforcement and prosecutions. Lunch will be provided.

1-2:30 p.m.:
Tips to Building a Strong Animal Cruelty Case:
When responding to allegations of animal cruelty, everything we do can impact the quality of the case and can impact successful prosecution. In this session, learn tips for ensuring your cruelty investigations are well-done and the case rock-solid so the abuser doesn’t get away. Content will include conducting veterinary examinations, collecting and handling evidence and do’s and don’st for handling media and other inquiries.

Speaker: Albany County Sheriff Craig and Apple and Gary Rogers, President, Nassau County SPCA

Come back to LOB 711A for breakfast and a legislative briefing. 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 711A 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.

Hotel reservations are on your own. Click here for a full list of Albany’s hotels.