The Association 2018 Annual Conference
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11/8/2018 to 11/10/2018
When: November 8-10, 2018
1:30 PM
Where: Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center
2345 McGee Street
Kansas City, Missouri  64108
United States
Contact: Kelly Anderson

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The Association 2018 Annual Conference
November 8-10, 2018

Kansas City Sheraton at Crown Center


We think it’s appropriate to be in the Land of AWs (short for Animal Welfare) because we know there are three attributes common in animal welfare professionals: “courage” to make tough decisions; “brains” to make be effective in big picture thinking; and “heart” to bring compassion to all we do.




2018 Behavior Symposium - November 7, 2018
PLEASE NOTE: Registering for the Symposium is separate from the Annual Conference registration
Click here to register for the Behavior Symposium

At the Annual Conference in November, We have a full slate of education, fun and networking opportunities of which we know you’ll want to take full advantage. And we always have additional general sessions designed to appeal to all attendees. If you want to connect with people who do the same job you do, November is the conference for you.  Download the conference brochure to see a full listing of sessions and descriptions.

IMPORTANT: If you are a member registering ONLINE for the conference and want to bring non-Association members from your organization’s staff at the discounted member rate, please log in and register FIRST; then register each non-Association member on the same registration form to receive The Association member rate. Up to FIVE (5) people from your organization may register at the member rate.

Annual Conference Rates

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



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

Additional Hotels
Home2Suites / 816-987-7300 -
Crossroads Hotel / 866-531-2400 -
Fairfield-Inn Union Hill / 816-931-5700 -

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

Wayside Waifs - SOLD OUT
Thursday, November 8th 9A-12P

Advance reservations required. Tour is limited to the first 60 people that register. (Transportation included)

KC Pet Project - SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 10th 2-4:30P

Advance reservations required. Tour is limited to the first 40 people that register. (Transportation included)

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).

Bringing a Guest?

Conference participants accompanied by guests may include guests in evening meals and tours by paying the Guest Social Package Fee (does NOT include attendance at sessions or daily breakfasts, lunches or breaks).
Guest Social Fees @ $115 per person (Paid [postmarked] by Oct 31 OR paid on-site).
Guest Social Fee @ $130 per person if they opt in for shelter tour or $145 per person if they opt in for both shelter tours
(Paid [postmarked] by October 31 OR paid on-site).


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


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