Animal Services International Conference coming to San Diego


The Helen Woodward Animal Center recently announced the ACES (Animal Center Education Services) International “The Business of Saving Lives” Conference, sponsored by Ark Sciences and IAMS. Headed by world-renowned animal welfare expert, Mike Arms, this three-day conference will be held at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego from Sept. 27-29. Keynote speaker, Jill Rappaport – NBC Today Show’s award-winning Animal Advocate and bestselling author – will headline an impressive list of speakers from across the country and around the world focused on changing the face of animal welfare in positive and profound ways.

The International ACES Conference is the next big step for Helen Woodward Animal Center which regularly offers a quarterly, free, three-day workshop (taught by Center management team members) on the Rancho Santa Fe grounds. Over the past 10 years, animal lovers, shelter workers, and humanitarians have made the “pilgrimage” to learn more effective ways to increase adoptions and lower euthanasia. The workshops have attracted shelter workers from throughout the United States and as far away as Argentina, China, Ethiopia, India, Ireland, Kenya, Romania, and Singapore. Within weeks after returning to their home shelters, ACES graduates report amazing results, placing more pets in lifelong homes, generating added funds to carry on their programs, and expanding their reach into their communities.

“We began offering ACES workshops to share the success we’ve experienced here,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms. “There are still animal care facilities in the United States that are euthanizing orphaned pets every day of the week, simply because they have no space or because the animals have ‘run out of time.’ Through ACES we’re helping them to put an end to that.”

September’s ACES International Conference will go even further by providing an extensive line-up of some of the most cutting-edge speakers, thinkers and activists in the animal welfare industry today. The ground-breaking event will provide tools that NO other organization is offering – skills to save lives today and end euthanasia tomorrow. With brand new ways to look at aspects of animal welfare, marketing, social media, fundraising, training, and more, the conference will explore how these concepts can breathe life into adoptions programs that are outdated and killing millions of domestic animals annually.

In addition to Rappaport, the high profile list of speakers includes such names as Krissie Newman, founder of “Rescue Ranch” and wife of NASCAR driver Ryan Newman; Arden Moore, speaker, author, animal behavior consultant and host of award winning “Oh Behave” show on Pet Life; Tamar Geller, best-selling author and founder of The Loved Dog™ method of dog training; Steve Dale, syndicated newspaper columnist (Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute); Senator Andy Dinniman, champion of “Daniel’s Law,” banning the use of gas chambers for pet euthanasia in the state of Pennsylvania; and Mike Arms, credited with saving the lives of more animals that any other human being on the planet.

For more information on the International ACES Conference or to register, visit or call 858-756-4117 x 350.