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
Animal services staff members are first responders who are endowed with a unique opportunity: not only do these hardworking people tirelessly protect the welfare of helpless animals that endure injury, disease, abuse, and starvation, but they also protect the people in their communities by enforcing animal control laws, preventing the spread of disease, educating the public on proper pet care.
National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week, celebrated annually during the second full week of April, is an opportunity for animal care and control personnel, and the communities that they serve, to acknowledge and celebrate the essential services that these fearless people provide day in and day out.
This year’s National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week is an especially important one, as animal control officers and shelter staff everywhere continue to work on the front lines to navigate the unexpected challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below are just a few pictures of animal care and control officers and shelter staff across the country who, like other emergency and essential personnel, are showing up to work—risking their safety to go above and beyond for the animals and people that they are committed to serving. While some of them have personal protective equipment (PPE), others do not. While some of them are performing harrowing animal rescues, others are working hard to operate pet food pantries and other outreach efforts for their communities. While some of them are the only healthy and working officer on their force, others continue to work closely together while abiding by safe social distancing practices.
Even though these photos depict the wide range of issues and challenges that animal care and control and shelter personnel are facing, there is one thing that they all have in common: each of these incredible humans is out there, doing what they can, to ensure the safety and protection of all of the beings in their care.
On behalf of everyone at NACA, we thank you for your selfless service and for putting your lives on the line for the animals and humans alike who depend on you.