Events

Best Friends National Conference

Best Friends National Conference: Where people, passion and purpose come together to Save Them All.

July 13–15, 2017 | Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center | Atlantic City, New Jersey

Where animal welfare leaders and learners from across the country and beyond come together to connect and create meaningful change on behalf of homeless pets.

The 2016 conference took place July 14–17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can check out some of the speakers’ PowerPoint presentations on the conference website! Order audio recordings or download copies here.

A huge congratulations to all our rock-star partners who won awards.

Alliance for Animals Award
The greatest impact of a municipal shelter/private organization partnership working together with the network for maximum impact.

  • Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, Tampa, Florida
  • Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida

Crusaders for Cats Award
Innovative cat program that was launched as a result of a grant funded by Best Friends and is still successful today.

  • Sumner Spay Neuter Alliance, Gallatin, Tennessee

Crusaders for Canines Award
Innovative dog program that was launched as a result of a grant funded by Best Friends and is still successful today.

  • Sammy's Hope, North Brunswick, New Jersey

There’s No Place Like Home Award
Rescue group with most adoptions from all promotions participated in calendar year 2015.

  • Austin Pets Alive! Austin, Texas

There’s No Place Like Home Award
Municipal Shelter with most adoptions from all promotions participated in calendar year 2015.

  • City of San Antonio Animal Services Department, San Antonio, Texas
  • Arlington Animal Services, Arlington, Texas

National Strut Your Mutt Fundraising Champion Award
Top Fundraiser SYM 2015.

  • K-9 Angels Rescue, Houston, Texas 

You can also see photos from the ceremony, as well as fun pictures from the Network Partner VIP Reception.

We’re looking forward to having you join us next year for a collaborative, exciting and educational weekend that you’ll never forget. Thank you for all that you do to help save the lives of homeless pets. We hope to see you in Atlantic City!

Learn more at bestfriends.org/conference.

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If your organization is not yet a Network partner, please click here to learn more and apply. Our application and approval process can take several weeks, so please apply now.