Friday, September 18, 2015         

5:00 pm - Registration                         

6:00 -8:00 pm - Mixer & Awards Ceremony

Saturday, September 19, 2015    

7:30 am - Breakfast                                    

8:40 am - Workshops Begin                  

12:15 pm - Lunch w/Guest Speaker  

1:45 pm - 5:00 pm - Workshops until 4:30, followed by final announcements         

7:00 pm -10:00 pm - Break the Chain Gala 

Sunday, September  20, 2015     

10:00 am-Checkout



To see the speakers bios click on their names below, or go to the Speaker's page 


Omni Mandalay Hotel
221 East Las Colinas Boulevard
  Irving, TX 75039

Driving Directions 

Thank You to our 2015 Sponsors!

Conference Partner

Animal Legal Defense Fund


Gold Paw

The Humane Society of the United States

Super Value Pharmacy


Silver Paw

Humane Society of Flower Mound

Humane Society of Harrison County

Texas  Federation  of  Animal  Care Societies

THLN Board of Directors


Bronze Paw

Citizens for Animal Protection

Cheryl Martinez & Randy Ahlschlager

Houston Humane Society

Rag Tag Rescue

Remembering Lily - A Reason For Change

SPCA of Texas

Texas Federation of Animal Care Societies


Gala Table Host

Mazie's Mission



Workshop Sponsor



Workshop Break Sponsor

Yolanda Eisenstein


Law Office of Claire Collins-Schwarz

PlainsCapital Bank

Randy Turner



DFW Wildlife Coalition

Ed-U-CARE, Dallas Inc.

Pinups for Pitbulls

Texas Animal Control Association



12:00 NOON SEPTEMBER 14, 2015


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"Changing Legislation through Grass Roots Activism: Capitol Insiders Tell All" Featuring Representative Kenneth SheetsHarvey Kronberg and Jack Erskine.

"Texas Legislative Update & Crystal Ball Predictions" Featuring THLN Vice President & Legislature Chair Shelby Bobosky and HSUS Texas State Director Katie Jarl.                        

"Federal Legislative Update - Legislative Animal Trends for 2015 and Beyond" Featuring Nancy Blaney, Senior Policy Advisor with the Animal Welfare Institute.

"Attracting Media Attention to Your Animal Welfare Cause” Featuring Jeff Crilley, Media Expert.

"Something's Gotta Give: How can Current Texas Law be Changed to Ensure Better Veterinary Care for Shelter Animals?" Featuring Ryan Clinton, Shareholder, Davis Gerald & Cremer PC; Tracy Colvin, DVM, Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center; Kathy Davis, Director of Animal Care Services for the City of San Antonio; Elizabeth Choate from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and Sherry Ferguson of the Houston Humane Society. Panel will be moderated by THLN Legislative Chair Robert "Skip" Trimble.

Saving Horses from Slaughter: The On-Going Challenge for Lone Star Advocates" Featuring Jerry Finch, President and Founder of Habitat for Horses and Vickie Spears, Director, Doris Day Equine Center and Carolyn Schnurr of the ASPCA.             

"Differences Aside: Animal Welfare Groups Unite for the Good of the Animals" Featuring Monica Ailey, THLN Wichita Falls Chapter President Jan Herzog, Stacy Smith and THLN South Texas Chapter President Cheryl Martinez.


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Saturday workshops will be followed by the "Break the Chain Gala".

Gala ticket included in full registration, or can be purchased separately.

THLN proudly presents Keynote Speaker Phil Arkow. Mr. Arkow, an internationally acclaimed expert on the link between animal cruelty and violence directed at humans will present “Breaking the Chain between Animal Abuse and Human Violence and its Legislative Implications for the Humane Community.”

Phil Arkow is an internationally acclaimed lecturer, author, educator and founder of the National Link Coalition - The National Resource Center on the Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence.

Mr. Arkow chairs the Latham Foundation's Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project, and teaches Animal Abuse and Human Violence courses at the University of Florida. He also teaches Animal-Assisted Therapy courses at Harcum College and Camden County College.  Mr. Arkow has presented over 200 times in 15 countries and 38 states.  He has also authored or edited over 60 key reference works in the field of human-animal interactions and violence prevention.  

Mr. Arkow has served with American Veterinary Medial Association, the ASPCA, the American Humane Association, the Delta Society, the Animals & Society Institute, the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals, the National District Attorneys Association, the Academy on Violence & Abuse, and the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterans. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from New Jersey Child Assault Prevention.