$75 – $140

The Acatemy's Spring Symposium

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Holiday Inn Chantilly-Dulles Expo

4335 Chantilly Shopping Center

Chantilly, VA 20151

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The Spring Symposium is a two-day celebration of cat rescue that focuses on providing the expertise and fostering the personal relationships that save lives. With sessions from recognized industry leaders and experts, cat hustlers will be empowered to step up their game in ways previously inaccessible to most. No filler, no meet & greets, no fluff, just 100% useful content that rescues can put to work right away.

Visit theacatemy.org for details and the full schedule.

focuses on shelters, rescues, and everything in between.
Sunday focuses on TNR and community cats.

Each registration includes:

  • An oversized swag bag (compliments of Cats Rule), stuffed with goodies designed to help keep cats in homes and make your job easier*

  • One drink ticket for the St. Catrick's Day afterparty, compliments of Zoetis*

  • A discount code for 50% off one weekend pass to the Super Pet Expo*

  • Full access to all sessions

  • Discounts at nearby restaurants

  • Access to a discounted group rate at the Holiday Inn

*Saturday & Weekend registrations only passes only

Current Speakers - see full descriptions at theacatemy.org

  • “Gen Z and the Future of Humane Education” with Erica Callais Falbaum, Founder and CEO of the Pet Education Project

  • “Blue Collar Cats: Creating an Innovative and Modern Working Cats Program” with Erin Robinson, Community Cat Program Manager and Lauren Lipsey, community Program Manager at Humane Rescue Alliance

  • “High-quality, Cost-effective Kitten Care” with Rosemarie Crawford, Co-Founder of the National Kitten Coalition

  • “5 things Breeders with Rescuers Knew” and “Creative Fundraising for Pet Rescues” with Teri Thorsteinsen, Cornish Rex breeder and celebrity cat parent

  • “Catography: Strategies and Techniques for Beautiful Cat Portraits” with Deb Cobb, photographer

  • “How to Use Instagram to Educate, Advocate, and Find Forever Homes” with Jen Boger of @pokeypotpie and Siobhan Young, Communications and Social Media Manager at Fredericksburg SPCA

  • “Keeping Families Together One Bowl at a Time” with Dalia Salah, Director of Community Advancement and Communications at Fredericksburg SPCA

  • “Fear Free: What it is and how to implement it” with Dr. Leslie Sinn, DVM of behaviorsolutions.guru

  • “Are You Ready for CATastrophe?” with Joanna Fortin, Senior Manager of Community Programs at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

  • "Adopters Welcome" with Inga Fricke of HSUS

  • “Data Science and TNR” with Danielle Bays of

  • "Solutions, Not Surrenders" with Lisa Ste,cosky, Certified Cat Behaviorist at Pawlitically Correct

  • The Critical Feline Neonate Assessment and Treatment; Learning how to identify the problems and treating with confidence!" with Ellen (THE CAT LVT) Carozza of The Chris Griffey Memorial Feline Foundation

  • …and more to come!


Why can’t I buy multiple tickets at once?

Because registration details are automatically transferred to your name badge, multiple tickets cause duplicate tags. To make sure everyone has the correct info on their tag for networking purposes, each person must register individually.

What is the deadline for early bird registration?

The deadline for early bird registration is Wedesday, January 23rd, 2019.

What is the deadline for registration?

The deadline for online registration is Sunday, March 10th. Tickets may or may not be available at the door.

What are my transportation/parking options?

Hotel parking is ample and free.
Those arriving via Dulles International Airport may take the 10-15-minute ride to the hotel by cab or hotel shuttle.

What is the refund/transfer policy?

All cancellation requests must be received no later than Friday, February 15th, 2019 to receive a refund. If you are unable to attend, a colleague may attend in your place. Simply edit the details of your order to reflect the new attendee. For further questions about cancellations, refunds and transfers, please contact thecathustler@gmail.com.

Is the hotel included?

The hotel is not included, though discounted rooms rates are available for our event.

Please call the Holiday Inn – Chantilly at (703) 815-6060 to reserve your room under our group rate of $82/night. Mentin that you're with the "cat hustler" group or "EE8" to recieve the discount. Attendees are welcome to find a roommate through our Facebook event page to help keep costs down.

Sponsors and swag bag contributors welcome! Please contact thecathustler@gmail.com for details.

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