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Warsaw hosts sixth annual ICAWC event

International Companion Animal Welfare Conference, Warsaw, 17th and 18th May 2004.

Animal welfare experts and enthusiasts from over 40 countries are expected to descend on Warsaw this May for the sixth International Companion Animal Welfare Conference (ICAWC).
Organised by the UK‚s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League), and North Shore Animal League International, an international organisation dedicated to saving animals‚ lives, the event is expected to attract around 300 delegates over two days.

Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust Chief Executive, comments:

“ICAWC was set up in 1995 to provide a world platform for organisations to share information and learn about improving the lives of pet animals around the globe.

“Our aim is to work towards the day when no healthy companion animal is destroyed for want of a caring home with responsible owners.

Roger Weeks, Director of North Shore Animal League International, adds:

“This year the conference will be taking place on 17th and 18th May at The Novotel Warszawa Centrum Hotel, Warsaw, and is open to anyone who has an interest in companion animal welfare.

“If you are looking to set up your own animal sanctuary or already have a well established rescue centre, then this conference will provide essential information for you.

A major theme at this year‚s conference will be animal behaviour where speakers will be discussing the newest ideas in relation to reward based training and recognition of body language. Delegates will also have the chance to visit a local rescue shelter, Celestinow Shelter.

Experts in the field of fundraising and campaigning will be highlighting methods of securing essential funding and support. Aimed at individuals as well as small and large organisations, these talks will provide a plentiful supply of ideas and case studies.

Delegates from Central and Eastern Europe will find these talks particularly interesting as the speakers have first hand experience of fundraising and campaigning in the region. Speakers will include Balazs Sator, Executive Director of CSDF Hungary, Peter Kiraly of Rex Foundation Hungary, and Ben Noriekis of the Lithuania Society for the Protection for Animals.

Other areas covered by expert speakers will include: Population Control. It's nicer to neuter, First Aid for Cats and Dogs, Starting a New Centre, A Day in the Life of a Rehoming Centre, Education. Investing in Future Generations, Keeping a Shelter Disease Free and Legislation.
Each presentation will be translated simultaneously into Polish, Spanish and Russian and each delegate will be given a comprehensive Conference Pack with Speaker Notes.

Costs and How to Book: Conference registration fee per person EUROS 25. Accommodation at The Novotel Warszawa Centrum Hotel EUROS 71 (single) EUROS 74 (double)
Delegates need to book by completing and returning a registration form. This is available online at www.icawc.org <http://www.icawc.org/>.

Alternatively, please request information from Helen Steward, Email:HQ-ICAWC@dogstrust.org.uk Fax: +44 (0) 207833 2701