Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Getting packed to go to Washington

So I'm getting ready to go to the No Kill Conference in Washington Friday morning - the conference starts on Saturday and goes until Sunday afternoon, to say I'm excited is an understatement.

This is what the website says about the conference -

The No Kill Advocacy Center is teaming up with the Animal Law program at George Washington University Law School to bring together the nation’s most successful shelter directors and the nation’s top animal lawyers. They will help you create a No Kill community and teach you how to use the legal system to save the lives of animals.

Learn from animal control/shelter directors who are now saving over 90% of all animals using the building blocks to No Kill success—programs and services that have had results in both urban and rural communities—to increase adoptions, reduce length of stay, increase redemption rates, rehabilitate animals, and much, much more.

Learn from animal law experts who have challenged our legal system to help animals: Whether it’s drafting model laws, fighting breed specific legislation, eliminating the gas chamber, filing impact legislation, or protecting condemned dogs, learn how to use the legal system to save the lives of animals.

Learn from activists fighting entrenched and regressive shelters in their own community as they show you how to launch successful campaigns for reform.

Some of the sponsors are - Petfinder, Best Friends Animal Society, No Kill Advocacy Centre, Animal Farm Foundation, Alley Cat Allies, George Washington University Law School, Maddies Fund - plus more.

The website for the conference is at

As you can see from the photo - I'm taking down a pretty empty suitcase so that I can bring it back full - of literature and good stuff - although I'm taking down my good friend's clickerleash and literature - I'm going to wear it around so that everyone there can ask me - "what is that that you're wearing?" - and I can reply, this is a Nova Scotian invention that was voted one of the 10 best new dog inventions and was in a gift basket that went to the Obama's for their new puppy - would you like some information about it? haha! And people will go gaa gaa about it once they learn what it's all about.

So exciting - we'll see what happens! Luckily I'll also have Netta Armitage coming with me too - because I get lost going to Dartmouth - so going to another country? I just cannot picture it.


  1. awww--safe travels to you both--can't wait to hear all the things you learn--and see all the things you bring home with you! cheers

  2. Have a good time Joan. Hopefully you'll come back with some good ideas for us all.