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May 5, 2010

Animal Care Expo: Urgent Update

We're thrilled to let you know that Expo 2010 will take place in Nashville as scheduled, in a dry and safe location. We know that safety is always a concern and we have been assured by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau that "the music is still playing, attractions and hotels are open, and the greatest support you can give Nashville is to come and visit."

Due to flooding, the original location for Expo, the Gaylord Opryland Resort, has been closed and will remain closed at least through Expo. Expo will now be held at the Nashville Convention Center located in downtown Nashville. Downtown Nashville features first-class hotels, historical landmarks, great restaurants and fine art museums all within walking distance.

We're sure you have many questions, and we'd like to provide you with the answers we have now. Please note we will update you via email and on our website at www.animalsheltering.org/expo as more information is available. We appreciate your patience as we work diligently to work through these unexpected circumstances.

Where will I stay during Expo?

If you already had a reservation at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for Expo, your reservation has been cancelled by the hotel and all deposits and payments will be refunded. We are currently working with the Nashville CVB to secure hotel rooms in downtown and the surrounding area for attendees. We will also be arranging a shuttle bus from our preferred hotels to the Nashville Convention Center.

You will receive an email with more information on securing your hotel reservations and shuttle bus information. We ask that you wait to receive this information before making a reservation so that we can secure you the best rate possible.

Will I still be able to fly into Nashville International Airport?

The airport is currently accomodating most scheduled flights and should be running at full capacity when Expo begins.

How can I travel from Nashville International Airport to my hotel?

Ground transportation between the airport and downtown Nashville is expected to be unaffected by the time Expo begins May 12. We will be sending out more information on ground transportation in the next few days.

As an animal care professional or volunteer, you're used to dealing with unexpected events, and we sincerely hope you'll still make it to Expo this year. Animal Care Expo remains the best networking and educational conference in our field, and we look forward to seeing you in Nashville!

For the latest updates, visit www.animalsheltering.org/expo.

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