Dear NACA members & conference attendees:
Numerous stories about your courage and compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to inspire us. The NACA Board wants to thank each of you for the many untold ways you have cared for animals, coworkers, and your communities while also working to keep your families and friends safe.
After much deliberation, the NACA Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the NACA Conference and Expo Scheduled for Oct. 7-9, 2020 in Reno. The new date is Sept. 20-24, 2021, also in Reno at the Grand Sierra Hotel. Many factors led us to this determination and the safety of all involved is the guiding principle. As the conference planning team continued its discussions, it became apparent that the health of attendees, the support of sponsors, the viability of travel for speakers and attendees all were in question.
We have begun researching options that would include a virtual conference or webinar and we will keep you informed about those possibilities. We know that the animal care and control industry is affected when training is depleted. We want to explore every avenue to continue to provide opportunities that contribute to the standard of professionalism in animal welfare and public safety through training, networking, and advocacy.
We recognize you will have questions: Please visit our FAQ document at www.nacaconference.org and share the information among your colleagues.
When look forward to the day it is safe for all of us to gather again.
Thank you for all you do.
Conference Committee Chair
National Animal Care and Control Association
For the safety of our officers and the public they serve, NACA is advising all officers to take
extra measures to mitigate the short and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These
measures include protecting themselves properly to reduce risk of spreading the virus, as well
as working to manage and minimize the number of new animals entering our shelters.
As members of the public safety community we have an obligation to perform our sworn duties
during disasters both natural and man-made. To that end, NACA recommends the following:
High priority/emergency calls: At this time, officers should continue to respond to emergency
and high priority calls. High priority/emergency calls include law enforcement assistance,
injured or sick stray animals, cruelty and neglect complaints, bite complaints, and dangerous
and aggressive dog complaints.
Non-emergency calls and activities: Officers should suspend low priority/non-emergency
activity. This includes non-aggressive stray animal pick-up, leash law and licensing complaints,
barking and nuisance complaints, trapping and transport of community cats, and conflict
Shelter intake reduction: Animal control agencies should take active measures to reduce nonessential
shelter intake. Measures taken should include returning pets in the field instead
of impounding them, suspending non-emergency owner surrender intake, and encouraging
owners who are ill to keep their pets at home whenever possible.
Personal protective equipment: Animal control officers should be provided with personal
protective equipment (PPE) for cases requiring a response to a location with someone who is
sick or has been exposed to COVID-19. Officers should make every effort to not enter the home
of anyone who is known to have been exposed to the virus.
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For ongoing information, please continue referring to all updates from the Centers for Disease