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Mission Statement
The mission of the National Council on Pet Population is to connect those who affect the health and welfare of cats and dogs with the science based info, tools and insight they need to make sound, impactful decisions.


National Council on Pet Population & Society of Animal Welfare Administrators
2017 Research Symposium - "Human Factors that Influence Pet Acquisition, Ownership, Retention and Relinquishment"

November 15, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton, Miami Airport Convention Center, FL

Research Symposium History
2016: Solid, Stretched or Broken?: the Human-Animal Bond
2015: The Latest and Greatest Research Impacting Homeless Dogs and Cats
2014: Speaking of Behavior:  The Impact and Application of Behavioral Science in Animal Shelters
2013: CATS, the Ins and Outs:  Improving their Future through Research

2017 Board of Directors

Patricia Mercer, CAWA, Chair
President, Houston SPCA

James Bias, CAWA, Vice Chair
President, SPCA of Texas

Pamela Burns, Secretary

President & CEO, Hawaiian Humane Society

Robert Rohde, CAWA, Treasurer
President & CEO, Dumb Friends League

Janet Scarlett, DVM, MPH, PhD, Immediate Past Chair
Founder, Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program
Professor of Epidemiology, Cornell University

Julia Albright, MA, DVM, DACVB
Assistant Professor of Veterinary Behavior, University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine

Keri Christensen
Manager Marketing Insights, Commercial Operations, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

Roger Haston, Ph.D.
Chief Administrative Officer, PetSmart Charities

Stephen J. Notaro, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois

Jim Tedford, CAWA, Ex Officio
President & CEO


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