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Saving Nevada’s Pets Conference Oct. 25 to feature Susanne Kogut, Gina Knepp, Sue Cosby

We are hosting our second Saving Nevada’s Pets Conference for animal welfare leaders and managers to support you in your work and to connect you with others in your field. In addition to featuring inspiring national speakers, the event also offers optional behind-the-scenes tours of Nevada Humane Society and the SPCA of Northern Nevada.

Here are the basics you need to know:

•  When: 9 to 5 p.m. Thursday Oct. 25, 2018 – with optional networking reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The shelter and animal services tours will be 8:20 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 26.
•  Where: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno
•  Cost: Free
•  Register early: Space is limited so register early by emailing

Here are the full details:

•  Susanne Kogut, Esq., Petco Foundation, President and Executive Director
•  Gina Knepp, City of Sacramento Front Street Shelter, Animal Care Services Manager
•  Chelsea Staley, Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, Executive Director
•  Cynthia Delaney, DVM, Yolo County Animal Services & UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
•  Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC, Shelter Animal Behavior Consultant
•  Sue Cosby, Petco Foundation’s Director of Lifesaving Programs & Partnerships
•  Bobby Mann, City of Sacramento Front Street Shelter, Communications and Customer Service Manager
•  Don Jennings, Humane Network, Consultant

Topics Include
•  Behavior Advice to Help Keep Pets in Homes
•  Customer Service for Shelters and Rescues
•  Animal Health in Your Shelter or Foster Homes
•  Fundraising for Small to Mid-sized Organizations
•  Successful Strategies for Animal Services Agencies
•  Leadership: Cultivating the Leader in You
•  Totally Rocking Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

Who May Attend?
Anyone who is a manager, supervisor, leader or board member at a Nevada-based nonprofit animal shelter, municipal or county animal control agency/shelter, animal rescue group, TNR group, or nonprofit spay/neuter clinic is eligible for free registration for the conference on a space-available basis.

Event Location & Lodging
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
3800 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89502

A limited number of rooms are available at the discounted rate of $119.54. Call 800-723-6500 to reserve a room and mention Group Code “SHUM10” to get the discounted rate. Please be sure to reserve your room before Sept. 24 to take advantage of the discounted rate.

Date and Time
October 25 (Thursday):
Conference 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (check-in/continental breakfast starts at 8:00 am)
Networking Reception 5 to 7 p.m.
The event includes continental breakfast, lunch, and networking reception. Vegetarian and vegan menu options are available; please specify when you register.

October 26 (Friday):
Shelter Tours (optional) 8:20 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Attendees need to pre-register for tours, box lunch and free transportation in advance – see details below.

Shelter Tours (Optional)
On Friday October 26, there will be optional shelter tours of two Reno area animal shelters and lunch at the final stop, all free of charge. Shelter tours will include:
•  Washoe County Regional Animal Services with Director Shyanne Schull
•  Nevada Humane Society with CEO Diaz Dixon
•  SPCA of Northern Nevada with Executive Director Jill Dobbs, Esq.

Free transportation will be available to the shelters and back to the Atlantis.

Please register in advance for the tours, lunch, and transports.

How to Register
Space is limited. Register today by emailing Be sure to mention the Saving Nevada’s Pets Conference and include your full name, title, organizational affiliation, mailing address, phone to contact you with any questions, any meal preference for vegan or vegetarian, if you plan to attend the shelter tours, and if you will be taking advantage of the free transportation for them. Note: Participation is limited to three people per organization for small to mid-sized organizations. Larger organizations (handling more than 1,000 animals a year) are exempt from the limit. The conference is geared toward managers, supervisors, leaders, and directors.

Who We Are
Maddie's Pet Project® in Nevada aims to elevate the status and well-being of cats and dogs across the state through partnerships that increase adoptions from animal shelters and improve access to veterinary care in underserved areas. One of our goals is to support and cultivate animal sheltering leadership through special educational events like this.

Maddie’s Pet Project® in Nevada and this conference are made possible by the generosity of the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation and Maddie’s Fund®.

CAPTION: From left, Susanne Kogut of Petco Foundation, Gina Knepp of Sacramento’s Front Street Shelter, and Sue Cosby of Petco Foundation