Events & Educational Opportunities

Join Us At These Upcoming Events Sponsored by the Ohio Animal Welfare Federation


The Ohio Animal Welfare Federation offers Humane Society Agent training three times per year in compliance with OAC 109:2-15-02 using curriculum approved by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. It is intended only for persons who have been approved by a county humane society to become a Humane Society Agent, other law enforcement, or others who are associated with a law enforcement agency and have a legitimate need for this information to promote animal welfare. Completion of this training is only the first step in becoming a commissioned Humane Society Agent. All Humane Society Agents must:

  1. Be appointed by a county humane society organized under section 1717.05 of the Ohio Revised Code; 
  2. Have that appointment approved by either the mayor of the municipal corporation or the probate judge of the county where they intend to serve; and  
  3. Comply with all other requirements provided by law. 

 When available, the dates for this training will appear in the list above. Questions? Contact us at or 614-270-8030.


In an effort to support our members with their continuing education needs, Ohio Fed is offering to cover up to $250 of the registration fee to a (non-Ohio Fed) conference of your choice. Use this form to tell us about the conference you want to attend, and how attending will help you help animals in Ohio. We will select ONE person to support PER conference, until our scholarship budget is depleted for the year. If chosen you will be asked to share something you learned from the conference in the next issue of our Quarterly e-News!


These programs are not sponsored by the Ohio Animal Welfare Federation. For questions or registration, please contact the sponsoring organization

Prairie States Conference - Registration is now open

June 2-4, 2024 in Bloomington, IL

Enjoy speakers across three tracks: Leadership, Operations and Field Services

Register before April 1 to take advantage of early bird rates and also submit your scholarship application (open to all states). Click here for more information.

NEO FelineForum Presented by Royal Canin

Bringing Feline Welfare Best Practices to Northeast Ohio.

June 2, 2024 at the Summit County Fairgrounds

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Business of Saving Lives - Presented by Helen Woodward Animal Center

June 14, 2024 at the Greene County Media Room

8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This free, one-day conference is open to all involved in animal welfare and fundraising and will explore targeted policies and methods which can be used to meet and adapt to the changing needs of both animals and community. Advanced registration is required.

NACA Field Services Series: Canine Behavior in the Field
This free, self-paced online course covers first focuses on understanding what a dog may be communicating through facial expressions and body language, as well as how dogs may interpret our body language and tone of voice. Then the course covers decision making, situational awareness and de-escalation techniques. 

NACA Field Services Series: Using Tools and Equipment

This free, self-paced online course covers safe, effective and humane use of standard-issue field services equipment. Videos present humane concepts and safe handling techniques. Use of tools and equipment is demonstrated by Animal Capture and Handling Instructor John Peaveler.

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Training Package

Resources and learning opportunities designed to further the eradication of systemic discrimination and racism in animal welfare.

Ohio Fed webinars are made possible by a generous sponsorship by: 

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Ohio Federated Humane Societies is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 21328, Columbus, OH 43221 

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