Animal Lovers Tap Virtual World to Help Animals in Need: First Ever On-Line Conference Set with Top Leaders in Animal Welfare, Animal Support

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Helpless, innocent animals are being abused, neglected and abandoned. The first ever “virtual conference” in support of animals will be held May 20-21. Participants from anywhere with an Internet connection can take part in any or all sessions. Free program on a “first-come, first served” basis. The purpose: to inform, equip and inspire people to help animals in need.

Millions of innocent animals suffer each day from abuse, neglect and abandonment. They can be helped, if more people take informed and compassionate action.

The power of the Internet is being used in a new way to help animals. The first ever “virtual conference” in support of animals is being held this month. Participants from anywhere with an Internet connection can take part in any or all sessions of this landmark live event. Space is available on a “first-come, first served” basis.

The event is scheduled for May 20-21 and features leaders from major national and international animal support organizations. It will be followed by a series of other on-line sessions later in the year.

Some of the May sessions are for the general public, including those who consider themselves “animal lovers”. Other sessions are professional development training programs for organizations that help animals (staff, Board members and volunteers, in particular).

“There are so many animals in need, and just about everyone can do something to help,” notes Marcia Elder, project manager for the event. She adds: “Cruelty, neglect and abandonment happen far more than most people realize and so many innocent animals suffer in the process.” Emergencies like the recent rash of tornadoes in the US and the tsunami in Japan add to the needs. So do disregard, harshness and unkind treatment of animals.

The on-line events are designed to address these needs. In addition, all of the May sessions are free-of-charge. Contributions to the non-profit sponsor are invited but there is no registration-fee and participants are welcome to attend without donating.

No special equipment is required to take part – just a computer and the Internet. Attendees will be able to see presentation materials used by the speakers and to also ask their questions live.

Speakers for the public events in May include:

  • Gregory Castle, CEO, Best Friends Animal Society
  • Allan Kornberg, Executive Director, Farm Sanctuary
  • Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President, Born Free USA
  • Hilary Anne Hagar, MNPL, Director, Humane Society of the US, National Volunteer Center
  • Tamira Ci Thayne, Founder & CEO, Dogs Deserve Better

Presenters for additional sessions geared to the nonprofit community include Julie Morris, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA, Philip Wilson, US Programs/Member Society Manager, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), and other experts. The conference Moderator, and also a speaker, is Marcia Elder, Executive Director, Future Is Now Foundation.

The conference is not about debating issues of animal rights, animal welfare or other related concerns. Instead its purpose is to inform and inspire those who care about animals to be as effective as possible in helping them. Elder comments: “the program will equip people to do more and better for animals in need.” Information presented will speak to the needs of companion animals (dogs, cats, other “pets”), farm animals and wildlife. Animal lovers will also gain valuable insights relevant to the animals in their care.

The conference is part of the Animal Awakenings Initiative sponsored by the Future Is Now Foundation. The Foundation has been an innovator for years in the use of on-line technologies for public education and the support of nonprofit organizations.

Further details about the conference and other animal support resources are available at: For nonprofits, see the Events tab: . For members of the public, see the Animal Lovers tab:

The sponsor is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. Additional information on the organization may be found at

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