The Association of Dogs and Cats Homes Conference

ADCH 2018 Conference

Conference Registration is now closed.

Monies are non-refundable after MONDAY 26 MARCH when full payment is made to the Hotel.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Conference Organiser –

The ADCH 2018 Conference will take place on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 April at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel.  A pre-Conference event (drinks reception and Quiz) will be held on the evening of Tuesday 24 April.

The 2018 Conference Programme will once again be split into Streams (Welfare, Cats, Management).  And for the first time event, we are delighted to inform there will be a Cat Stream on both days. All sessions will be interactive, with time for Q&A and lively debate.

Welfare Stream – covers and includes operational animal topics, legislative information, case studies and issues relevant to the work of our Members;

Cat Stream –  covers and includes operational cat-related topics, case studies and a variety of subjects relevant to the work of our Members;

Management Stream –  covers and includes Marketing, Fundraising, Human Resources, Health & Safety, regulatory updates, a host of topics relevant to the work and running of Rescues and its staff/volunteers.

On the evening of Day 1 (Wednesday 25 April) the glittering, and hugely-emotional ‘Petplan & ADCH Animal Charity Awards Dinner’ will be held.  Places are limited, and in high demand, so please be sure to book your seat via Conference Registration when it opens on TUESDAY 2 JANUARY.

In 2017, the Conference was attended this year by in excess of 500 delegates each day, plus sponsors and exhibitors; it attracts attention from various other organisations within the animal welfare sector and we anticipate attendance being greater again next year.

Delegates are made up of both members and non-members, and brings together multiple prospective stakeholder groups to share best practice in animal care, welfare, veterinary advances, new technologies, latest techniques, science and research findings and the latest in behaviour and training as well as regulatory and legislative issues facing the industry.

Feedback confirms delegates attend the ADCH Conference because they see it as the best platform for engaging with key stakeholders, well-known and eminent professionals in the field, and they much enjoy having the opportunity to challenge and promote new ideas and thinking. We are always joined by an excellent mix of trade and industry specialists including insurers, pet food manufacturers, nutritionists, scientists, suppliers, contractors and sector specialists.

The Association – currently with 130 membership (this continues to grow year-on-year) drawn from across the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man – is the main representative body for the dog and cat rescue and rehoming sector, and the annual Conference is the UK’s largest animal welfare event. The ADCH plays a critical role in all aspects of animal welfare and is committed to raising standards through its pioneering industry Code of Practice and Minimum Welfare Standards, both of which set the welfare standards that our members are required to meet.

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