The Humane Society of the United States will exercise reasonable efforts to utilize protocols that will comply with or, where legally permissible, exceed any state, local and federal public health requirements and be consistent with then-prevailing public health guidelines as issued by relevant public health entities including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the District of Columbia Department of Health.

As we approach the event, we will continue to update participants with the important information needed to plan your trip, including any changes to these protocols and any other policies and procedures you need to know before arriving. Updates will be shared on this page, through our social media channels and via email when appropriate.

All participants attending TAFA will be required during the registration process to agree to TAFA’s Health and Safety Rules and Participant Pledge [PDF] along with a COVID-19 Waiver and Release of Liability [PDF].

All in-person participants will be required to comply with the following protocols as part of their participation at Taking Action for Animals 2022:

  • Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the first date of TAFA (paid for at the participant’s expense). Communication will be emailed to participants in advance of the conference on how to submit the required documentation.
  • Participate in daily health and wellness checks, such as temperature checks.
  • Wear a face mask at all indoor TAFA gathering spaces and events—including any event(s) hosted in conjunction with TAFA by sponsors and/or exhibitors—at all times when you are not eating and drinking.
  • Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently.
  • Follow any physical distancing guidelines.
  • Follow any additional guidance and regulations imposed by the hotel and the HSUS, regardless of whether federal, state or local laws dictate the use of these practices. These regulations may become more or less strict at any time between now and the TAFA date due to circumstances beyond the HSUS’s control.
  • Should you become ill during or after the event, you will:
    • Immediately report your illness.
    • Refrain from further event participation and remain in the designated quarantine area until such time that you can return to your home.
    • Notify the HSUS of other participants you were in proximate contact with.
    • Keep the HSUS informed of your diagnosis, participate in contact tracing and agree to the notification of public health authorities.
  • You understand that if you are refused entrance or are removed from TAFA for not following these regulations, your registration fees for TAFA may be forfeited.

In-person participants can anticipate the following safety protocols at Taking Action for Animals:

  • On-site access to basic medical first aid.
  • Routine cleaning and disinfecting of shared surfaces as part of Marriott’s commitment to clean.
  • Additional masks available.
  • Hand sanitization stations throughout the meeting space.
  • Information provided through various mediums promoting healthy habits that include avoiding shaking hands and proper mask placement.

The Humane Society of the United States strongly encourages all TAFA participants to be fully vaccinated before attending the event. 

As noted on the CDC website, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms (such as cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell) or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

The Humane Society of the United States’ Taking Action for Animals health and safety protocols are subject to change as regulations and guidelines from local, state and federal agencies evolve.

Event cancellation

Please review our terms and conditions [PDF] for more information.