The leading national conference in animal advocacy

Taking Action for Animals (TAFA) brings together Humane Society of the United States volunteers, advocates and animal welfare organizations from across the country for one shared goal: to better the lives of animals and people alike.

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Pete Marovich
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We're excited to announce that we're taking TAFA to Springfield, Illinois! TAFA 2022 was a huge success, with over 400 attendees joining us in person in Washington, D.C. and another 200 joining online to learn, network and become stronger advocates for all animals! The momentum will continue annually with this year’s TAFA conference at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel from August 4 to 6, 2023. Registration is just $60 and will get you access to a full weekend of workshops, networking and fun!

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We'll return to Washington, D.C. in 2024.


Taking Action for Animals 2023
August 4-6, 2023
President Abraham Lincoln Springfield DoubleTree Hotel
Springfield, Illinois

Taking Action for Animals 2024
July 19-22, 2024
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia

Join us in Springfield, the birthplace of Route 66 and a thriving metropolis, where you'll meet fellow animal advocates and learn how to help the movement. State legislation often reinforces and inspires federal policy. One of our central education objectives is to demystify the process of political advocacy by citizens and to reinforce confidence as you learn to make a case for animals in your city or state.

TAFA is an event where attendees can come together and learn not only how to strategically work for a more humane world, but also how to talk with legislators. Gain the knowledge and skills you need to encourage your legislators to support important animal welfare legislation, including bills such as the including bills such as the Puppy Protection Act and the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act.

At TAFA, you can gain a better understanding of the many issues animals face in our society and learn how to take action in your community through lobbying, education and other citizen advocacy. Learn how to enact policies and support legislation to protect animals on the local, state and federal level, plus how to work with community members to further the animal welfare movement.

Stay tuned both here and in our Facebook group for important event updates. Be sure to share your excitement with other animal lovers using #TakingActionForAnimals on social media! You can also sign up to be the first to hear about important TAFA news and updates and receive a special TAFA registration discount.

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The Humane Society of the United States welcomes everyone into our mission. We recognize, respect and embrace the full spectrum of human qualities, so that the unique talents of our staff, volunteers and animal welfare allies are dignified with equitable access to training, networking and support to help grow our ability to contribute to the protection of all animals. Whoever you are, whoever you love, you are welcome here.