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Business of Saving Lives

Saturday, March 24, 2018
8:30 am - 4 pm

Join ARF for a full day of professional development and networking to enhance your group’s life-saving work! Located in the heart of the Bay Area, ARF’s 14th annual Business of Saving Lives conference is the affordable, accessible option for rescues, shelters, and animal groups of all sizes. New this year: concurrent Dog and Cat tracks for species-specific focus, optional lunch-and-learn sessions led by experts, and more!

Early-confirmed speakers include:

  • Kristen Auerbach
    Director, Pima Animal Care Center
  • Jean Donaldson
    Director, The Academy for Dog Trainers
  • Ann Dunn
    Executive Director/Founder, Cat Town
  • Dr. Dick Green
    Senior Director of Disaster Response, ASPCA
  • Dr. Barb Laderman-Jones, DVM
    Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners - Shelter Medicine Practice
  • Brigid Wasson
    President, Missing Pet Partnership


Registration includes continental breakfast and a vegetarian lunch. Cost is $50 per attendee. Early-bird registrations are available for $40 through February 12 at 5 pm.

Conference registration closes at 4 pm on Friday, March 23. Tickets will be available at the door between 8:30 and 9 am on the day of the conference. Please be advised that this conference may sell out. Sorry, no refunds.

For questions, please contact Sara Bragg, Community Programs Director at (925) 296-3106.

Travel and Accomodations

The conference will be held at Tony La Russa’s ARF at 2890 Mitchell Drive in Walnut Creek, California. Free parking is plentiful and carpooling is encouraged.

Directions to ARF

For out-of-town visitors, there are several hotels within a 3 mile radius of ARF. Extend your stay and visit Walnut Creek’s hiking trails, parks, shopping, dining, and more. 

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