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Animal Care Expo 2010 Relocates to Nashville Convention Center

Animal care conference and tradeshow presented by HSUS relocates from Gaylord Opryland after floods

Animal Care Expo is the world's largest international education and trade show in the fields of animal care and control, rescue and emergency services. Presented by The Humane Society of the United States, Animal Care Expo 2010 was scheduled to be held at The Gaylord Opryland Resort from May 12-15. Due to the recent floods, The HSUS is working with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau to relocate Expo to the Nashville Convention Center after severe water damage left the Gaylord Opryland Resort unable to host the event.

"The Humane Society of the United States is grateful to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Nashville Convention Center, which have worked with us to host our annual Animal Care Expo on schedule despite record floods which left our original venue unusable," said Betsy McFarland, senior director for Companion Animals for The HSUS. "The HSUS has a strong relationship with the state of Tennessee, assisting in the rescue of more than 2,000 animals here over the past two years alone, and we are happy to bring much-needed tourism income to Nashville in the wake of last week's devastating floods."

Approximately 1,700 Expo attendees will be staying in hotels near the Convention Center not affected by the floods. By holding Expo in Nashville as scheduled, The HSUS hopes to help attendees avoid rescheduling inconveniences and bring revenue to the city.

Animal Care Expo Details

  • Animal Care Expo attracts more than 1,600 attendees from 34 countries.
  • Workshops on topics such as effective animal control ordinances; animal shelter design and housing; emergency preparedness for pets; shelter adoptions; farm animal cruelty, stopping puppy mills and equine protection.
  • An estimated 175 exhibitors offering products and services for animal sheltering and emergency management professionals.
  • Talks and presentations from industry renowned experts representing local, national and international animal protection organizations.
  • Opportunities to network, share ideas and be energized about the critical role that animal welfare and emergency management organizations play in protecting people and animals around the world.

Registration costs for the full conference range from $175 to $250 depending on the time of registration and participation in The HSUS' free Shelter Partners program. Registration for single days or day-long certificate courses is also available as are discounted hotel rates.

Visit animalsheltering.org/expo for additional information about The HSUS' Animal Care Expo 2010.

The first Animal Care Expo was held in 1992 at Bally's in Las Vegas primarily as a trade show of animal care services equipment. Since then Expo has grown to more than 175 exhibitors and 1700 attendees and has become the largest international animal care and control conference, in the world.


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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.

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