Animal Care Expo

Humane Society International

The Humane Society of the United States/Humane Society International’s Animal Care Expo combines a world-class educational and networking conference with a full-scale international trade show on all things related to dog and cat care and population management. The goal of this annual event is to help people working in the fields of animal sheltering, care, control, and rescue do the best and most effective jobs possible. This 4-day event offers specialized workshops in areas such as management, field services, shelter operations and community outreach.

International program

Since 1999, Humane Society International has brought people from across the globe to participate in this Animal Care Expo. There is a separate track, organized by Humane Society International, that caters to the specific needs of attendees from outside the United States.

Animal Care Expo 2020

Animal Care Expo 2020, scheduled for May 6 – 9, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas, USA, has been cancelled. We are exploring options for holding it virtually. Read more.

The topic of the all-day Global Animal Issues learning lab was scheduled to be “Engaging the Community to Improve Animal Welfare,” with workshops including:

  • Humane Capture and Handling: An Interactive Session
  • Rescued Animals: Ensuring Quality of Life
  • Planning for Success: Creating a Roadmap to the Future You Want
  • Expanding Animal Care on a Budget through Volunteerism and Social Media

HSI scholarship program

HSI has created a scholarship program to help individuals from countries outside of the United States, who are unable to attend due to limited resources, participate in the conference. To qualify for a scholarship, you will need to prove affiliation to an animal welfare organization in your country of residence, and/or a strong interest in helping improve the welfare of animals in your country; or represent a government agency tasked with managing dog/cat populations.

HSI veterinary training internship program

For practicing veterinarians, working in dog/cat population management in their country, HSI created a veterinary internship that is held the week prior to Animal Care Expo. This internship is a training opportunity to learn about the latest techniques and protocols for quality spay/neuter surgery and anesthesia.

Contact Donna Pease, Expo Coordinator – International, at if you would like to receive scholarship and/or internship application information.

If you are not seeking scholarship assistance, you may register directly for the conference.

For more information about Animal Care Expo 2020, visit