Friends of Federated,

For decades, the Federated Humane Societies has hosted an annual continuing education training and conference – Pennsylvania’s premier gathering of Humane Society Police Officers and leaders.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic and state-issued health guidelines regarding in-person gatherings has impacted our ability to host the first-rate event you have come to know and deserve.  To ensure the health and safety of our speakers, staff and guests, we have come to the unfortunate decision to cancel this year’s Annual Federated Conference.  To our sponsors, vendors and guests we will be reaching out to you in the next week to provide reimbursement to those of you who have paid for opportunities with us and we apologize for any inconveniences this cancellation may have caused.

As noted in our earlier news update the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has officially agreed to temporarily suspend the continuing education requirement for Humane Society Police Officers. Please see the letter from the Department below.

COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts: HSPO Continuing Education Program Training Suspension

In addition to lobbying for this temporary suspension, we are also actively lobbying for virtual training to be permitted for continuing education so that officers may have access to affordable and diverse training opportunities all year long.

The Federated remains committed to leading our members and the animal welfare community at large through these challenging times.

Thank you for your engagement and continued support.

Amy Kaunas
Board President
Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania