October 5, 2019

Feline Science Symposium 2019

San Francisco, CA

Saturday, October 5, 2019

SF SPCA's Education & Training Center

243 Alabama Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

Light breakfast & beverages provided

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Calling all Crazy Cat People!

Don't miss the best cat behavior and welfare science event of the year.

"Please do this again! There are so many cat lovers, and it was great that the SPCA offered this presentation for the first time. Thank you for doing this."

"Fabulous conference! so happy I was able to attend. loved touring the facility. very inspiring to rekindle my need and drive in my own shelter. Hoping to come back next year!"

"Both symposiums, 2017 and 2018, were terrific.
I appreciate the science-based information presented on a manner the is easy to understand for the lay person. Very impressive."



There will be a 'Wine and Whiskers' reception the evening before the Symposium from 7:00-9:00pm in Maddie's Pet Adoption Center at the SF SPCA. 

Come meet our expert speakers and special guest Duke the Therapy Cat, get a private tour of the SF SPCA's facility, learn about our cats and kittens, and enjoy a drink and bite with us! Bundle your Reception and Symposium tickets - we would love to see you! 

Symposium Admission: $125

Symposium Admission & Night Before Reception: $150


Symposium Agenda

8:30 AM         Check in, Coffee, Light Breakfast, Networking

9:00 AM          Dr. Michael Lappin

A Feline-Friendly Breakthrough for Managing Cat Allergens

9:50 AM          Ann Dunn

The Forgotten Kitten Project: Socializing and Adopting Older Fearful Kittens


10:40 AM        Break

10:55 AM         Laura Mullen

Fighting Fungus with Facts: SPORE Ringworm Programs at the SF SPCA

11:45 AM          Dr. Mikel Delgado

Thinking Outside the Bowl: How to Feed Cats

12:35 PM          Break for Lunch

2:00 PM           Dr. Carly Moody

Improving Cat Welfare During Handling and Restraint

2:55 PM           Break

3:10 PM            Dr. Kristyn Vitale

Shelter Cat Social Cognition: Using Science to Increase the Welfare of Cats Living in Shelters

4:00 PM          Dr. Jeannine Berger

Adoptability and Behavior Profiles for Shelter Cats: A Guide for Intake or Outcome Decisions

4:50 PM           Close


IAABC CEU credits: 7


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Going Green

This year we are increasing our sustainability efforts! Further suggestions? Let us know!

  • Printed materials will be kept to a minimum; speaker slides will be available online
  • Catered lunch will not be offered, keeping prices low, reducing food waste and providing more flexibility for those with dietary restrictions
  •  Where possible we request that attendees bring reusable cups for morning coffee

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Interested in sponsoring this year's Symposium? We have a wide variety of sponsorship options, please click here for more info!




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