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Ninth International Companion Animal Welfare Conference comes to Berlin

Animal lovers, campaigners and workers across the world will be delighted to hear that the renowned International Companion Animal Welfare Conference (ICAWC) will be taking place in Berlin from 31st October to 2nd November 2007.

Since launching in 1996, over 2,500 delegates from over 40 countries have attended ICAWC – the leading global companion animal welfare conference. Run by the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust, the conference is held in a different European city each year, providing a platform where delegates working in the field of animal welfare can network, exchange knowledge and gain support from their international contemporaries. Previous delegates have used this knowledge and experience to make huge strides for animal welfare in their own countries.

This year the conference will focus on animal behaviour, neutering projects, animal first aid, education, fundraising and a wealth of other subjects. Over twenty one speakers from across the globe will be presenting at the three day conference, including renowned pet behaviourist, Sarah Fisher, Dogs Trust Fundraising Director, Adrian Burder, and Veterinarians Chris Laurence MBE QVRM TD BVSc MRCVS and Ray Butcher.

Delegates will get the opportunity to take part in three workshops on “Fundraising”, “How to Build a Shelter” run by Matthew Taylor and Alex Darvill, and “Feral Cats” run by Dr Kate Thorne and Dr Jenny Remfry of SNIP International. There will also be an opportunity to visit the Berlin Animal Shelter where delegates will be able to see, firsthand, how an efficient re-homing centre works.

The conference is to be held at the Maritim Hotel, Stauffenbergstrasse 26 D-10785 Berlin. The conference registration fee is 50 Euros per person, with an additional workshop attendance fee of 20 Euros per person. Delegates can register online at www.icawc.org or contact Tina Barker, ICAWC, 17 Wakley Street, London EC1V 7RQ, UK
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7833 2701

Clarissa Baldwin OBE, the Chief Executive of Dogs Trust and co-founder of the conference, comments: ”Animal welfare groups and individuals are working tirelessly to improve the lives of pet animals and this conference brings these people together, offering them the chance to gain invaluable advice from expert speakers as well as contacts and support which they cannot afford to miss.”