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When: November 7, 2018
9:00 AM
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Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
2345 McGee Street
Kansas City, Missouri  64108
United States
Contact: Kelly Anderson

Online registration is available until: 11/7/2018
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2018 Behavior Symposium
November 7, 2018

Kansas City Sheraton at Crown Center

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Behavioral issues are among the most significant barriers to adoption, yet shelters find themselves with increasing percentages of these often difficult to place animals. This year’s symposium will offer some of the latest in research, risk analysis, enrichment, as well as the pros and cons of behavior assessments. Join us for a “lively” day of interaction with our expert panelists.

Registration & Schedule of Events


9A – 9:45A - KEYNOTE - Dogs and their “Wild” Relatives
Clive Wynne, PhD, Director, Canine Collaboratory, Arizona State University


Jenn Barg, MS, ACAAB, CDBC, Director of Operations, The Larimer Humane Society
Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA, VP of Rescue and Welfare, San Francisco SPCA
Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC, Principal Consultant, Kelley Bollen Consulting
Kristen Collins, MS, ACAAB, Senior Director of Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation, ASPCA
Shelia D’Arpino, DVM, DACVB, Director of Research, Maddie’s Fund
Lisa Gunter, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, Maddie’s Research Fellow, University of Arizona
Valarie Tynes DVM DACVB, CEVA Animal Health

9:45 – 12P -  PANEL - Behavioral and Risk Assessments
•    Understand the value and limitations of behavioral evaluations
•    Recognize which information/data can improve an animal’s welfare
•    Adoption matching and counseling - ensure the best possible outcome  
•    Making tough decisions


1 – 4P  - PANEL - Behavioral Health in the Shelter
•    Behavioral evaluations (BEs) can characterize the behavior of dogs while living in the shelter
•    Understand how factors (e.g. dog density, kennel conditions, husbandry, enrichment programs) can impact welfare and improve living conditions in shelters
•    Use foster data along with BEs to improve long term outcomes

4 – 4:45 - Facilitated Networking / Closing Remarks

Download the conference brochure to see a full listing of sessions and descriptions.

Research Symposium Rates

* Early Bird ends September 26th
** Regular starts September 27 and ends October 15th
*** Late begins October 16th

Hotel Information

Hotel: Sheraton Crown Center Kansas City 
2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

Make your reservation as soon as possible, and no later than October 15 at 5P CST.
THE ASSOCIATION group rate is $169.00 + applicable tax.
Option 1: Reserve on-line OR Option 2: Call (866) 932-6214
When making reservations, be sure to reference THE ASSOCIATION to secure the group rate.

Airport | Transportation | Hotel Parking

Airport: Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
Transportation To/From Airport: Super Shuttle, Uber; Lyft or Taxi
Parking: Hotel Parking: A variety of options can be found at this link.
Directions: Directions to Hotel

Payment Information

Payment must be received or postmarked by September 26, 2018 to receive the Early Bird registration fee.
Regular registration must be postmarked with payment by October 15, 2018.
Late registration begins October 16 (Paid [postmarked] by October 31 OR paid on-site).

Refund Policy

Full refund (with exception of shelter tours) if requested in writing on or before September 26, 2018.
$50 processing fee if requested in writing by October 31, 2018.
No refunds after October 31, 2018


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