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Dear APHE Members and 2020 Conference Registrants:  
Like most of you, the APHE Board has been monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and, as it continues to spread, our thoughts and hearts go out to all who have been affected. We have heard from many of you and appreciate you reaching out to share your concerns. Due to the ever-changing situation, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone the APHE 2020 Conference  (April 1-3, 2020).
We extend our sincere appreciation to all registrants and sponsors for your enthusiasm to join us this year. Additionally, our appreciation also goes out to the many presenters and exhibitors who have spent intellectual energy and time preparing to share their research in what was to be an outstanding educational and networking opportunity. The APHE community shares in the disappointment at not being able to see this incredible conference to fruition next month, but are excited to announce this is only a POSTPONEMENT until February of 2021.
Here is how the changes affect you:
Registration: As this is a postponement and not cancellation your conference registration will be rolled over and you are not required to do anything!  If you would like to cancel your registration, please forward your conference confirmation email to treasurer@aphe.org AND include the word “Cancel” in the subject line of the email.  If done prior to April 1st you will not be charged the $25 cancellation fee.   We do have to cancel registrations on an individual basis, but refunds will be issued as quickly as possible.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.    
Hotel Reservations and Flight/Travel Arrangements should be canceled directly. Please refer to your confirmation for instructions on cancellation.  Many airlines are waiving the change fee for up to a year in light of the current situation.
Thank you all for your engagement and participation in APHE. While this is unfortunate news we are so excited about our 50th anniversary and new benefits coming to our members this year.  We do hope to see you at the 2021 APHE Conference in Minnesota, February 24th-26th!


APHE Board 

Learn from thought leaders and innovators in the humane education community!

Each year humane educators, volunteers, teachers, and leaders in humane education come together to learn from one another. Through presentations, networking events, workshops, and excursions relationships are built and program ideas are shared.  The energy from 100+ humane educators in one room is exhilarating! 

Who typically attends the APHE National Humane Education Conference? 

Attendees include humane educators from a variety of backgrounds who promote humane attitudes toward people, animals, and the environment.  This includes, but is not limited to, anyone who teaches animal welfare, animal rights, animal behavior, environmental education and literacy, social justice, character education, cultural studies and any combination of the above.

The conference allows staff and volunteers of animal shelters, animal care and control agencies, zoos, museums, park districts, schools, colleges, universities, and other local, regional, and national entities to learn and share together.

Sponsors- Global Ambassador Sponsor Level

Founded in 1918, today Latham promotes humane education and animal welfare activities such as the human-animal bond, the link between animal abuse and other forms of violence, and advances in animal-assisted activities through its publications, videos, and new grant-making program.    www.Latham.org

Since Charleston Animal Society was founded in 1874, our mission has always stayed the same: Prevent Cruelty to Animals.  Our vision is one where all healthy and treatable animals are saved, while being treated with respect and kindness.  Each year we touch the lives of 20,000 animals.   www.charlestonanimalsociety.org

Nathania Gartman Scholarship Fund Sponsors 


In partnership with more than 2,800 animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends Animal Society is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless dogs and cats.  www.bestfriends.org

The Humane Society of the United States and our affiliates provide direct care to more than 100,000 animals each year- more than any other animal welfare organization - through our sanctuaries, veterinary programs and emergency shelters and rescues.  We work to professionalize the field of animal care with our education and training programs.  www.humanesociety.org 

Mentor Sponsor Level

RedRover brings animals out of crisis through emergency sheltering, disaster relief and financial assistance. We are preventing animal cruelty and neglect by educating youth and building a more compassionate future through the power of empathy, resilience and the human-animal bond.     www.RedRover.org

Marin Humane, established in 1907, shelters thousands of animals each year. It is an adoption and humane education center, provides behavior and training programs, animal assisted programs, community outreach, and provides pet care support to low income families, and more.    www.MarinHumane.org

As the nation’s first farm animal rescue and protection organization, Farm Sanctuary has cared for thousands of animals at its sanctuaries in New York and California. The organization has educated millions of people about the plight of farm animals and the negative impacts of factory farming on health, the environment, and social justice, and it advocates for laws and policies that prevent suffering and promote compassion. 

Farm Sanctuary’s humane education program educates thousands of students each year through classroom presentations, inspires student action through our Youth Leadership Council, and empowers teachers with standards-aligning curriculum on issues of our food system.  www.FarmSanctuary.org

Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, a Yale University-developed PreK – Grade 12 social-emotional learning program, develops empathy, resiliency, and an awareness of oneself and others to create a more humane future. Each session includes educational/developmental objectives, hands-on activities, and books focusing on shelter pets.

Teacher Sponsor Level

Do you have programs that introduce pet-first aid or veterinary techniques? Animalearn can help, by providing dynamic resources to maintain a more animal & environmentally friendly curriculum for summer vet camps and science camps. For details go to Animalearn.org.

The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) was formed in 1978 for the express purpose of assisting its members to perform their duties in a professional manner. We believe only carefully selected and properly trained animal control personnel can correct community problems resulting from irresponsible animal ownership. NACA’s purpose is to preserve the Human/Animal Bond by insisting on responsible animal ownership.  www.Nacanet.org

2020 Conference
Lumber Exchange Event Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Lumber Exchange Event Center has a meaningful history to Animal Humane Society’s early beginnings- a group of dedicated community members held their very first board meetings in 1878 around a table hosted at the Lumber Exchange.

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