The Business Of Saving Lives

Free Conferences and Workshops for Animal Welfare Organizations!

Increase adoptions and lower euthanasia for your animal welfare organization – don’t miss Helen Woodward Animal Center’s The Business of Saving Lives Conferences and Workshops, which are FREE to all pet adoption organizations!  Our conferences and workshops are geared to help workers in the animal welfare industry learn how to grow and maintain their organizations using some of our tried and true techniques and are suitable for non-profits of any size!  Whether your organization is looking to raise awareness within your community, learn how to increase donations, or are planning your first fundraising event, The Business of Saving Lives Conferences and Workshops will surely help you learn new and different approaches to reaching your goals!  Pick from one-day workshop or four-day conference options that best fit your schedule.

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  • This is the most passionate and professional group of leaders I have had the pleasure of meeting. This experience has been incredible and the information is invaluable. Thank you. (October 2021)
  • This is the best conference I have attended in my animal welfare career (8 years)! (October 2021)
  • I attended a few Business of Saving Lives workshops and every time I am so inspired to implement new ideas. (October 2021)
  • “Every facet of the workshop was excellent.” (Joan M., Cat Fanciers’ Association, San Diego, CA, June 2019)
  • “I feel very grateful for this workshop. I love being given the tools to further use for my organization and for the animals that we help. Very resourceful and inspiring! Thank you!” (Raluca S., Red Panda Romania, Bucharest, Romania, June 2019)
  • “You guys were awesome! Only wish there was more time to have learned more.” “Frederic T., Delaware SPCA, Newark, Delaware, June 2019)
  • “I have so many ideas to explore as a result of this conference.” (Janice C., Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.), Skokie, Illinois, September 2019)
  • “So many useful ideas that can be put into practice starting tomorrow. Thank you.” (Jill C., Evanston Animal Shelter, Evanston, Illinois – September 2019)
  • “Amazing presenters! This was my first conference and the amount of information and transparency shared by your presenters was eye-opening. Thank you!”
  • “Great conference!  Had no idea it would exceed my expectations…I feel overwhelmed at all I can do to help my facility, but feel I have been given great tools to move forward.  I have rarely had much training at any shelter I’ve worked so this is great!”
  • “Exceeded my expectations. Gave me a sense of community within the shelter community. Thank you!”
  • “Great job! The speakers were experts in their fields, very informative, and the networking opportunities were great!
  • “Inspiring, emotional, awesome (in the true sense of the word) cannot thank you enough.
  • “Loved it! Access to speakers is terrific. Tools are great- templates sharing- thank you!”

Compassion Allways Conference at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland – October 2023

TBOSL Conference, Helen Woodward Animal Center – June 2023

One Day Workshop, Tulsa, OK – October 2022

TBOSL Conference, Helen Woodward Animal Center – June 2022

TBOSL Conference, Helen Woodward Animal Center – June 2021

One Day Workshop, Tallinn, Estonia – October 2019

On October 3, 2019, the Center team presented a one-day The Business of Saving Lives workshop in Tallinn, Estonia. 150 attendees from Estonia, Finland, Sweden and the UK came to hear the Center’s message.

One-Day Workshop, Philadelphia, PA – July 2018


TBOSL Conference, Helen Woodward Animal Center – June 2018

TBOSL Conference, Helen Woodward Animal Center – June 2018

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Call: 858-756-4117 ext. 302

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