by Helen Woodward Animal Center
10:34 AM, Thursday, September 20

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s first ACES (Animal Center Education Services) International "The Business of Saving Lives" Conference, sponsored by Ark Sciences and IAMS, is fast approaching.  The three-day conference, scheduled for September 27th – 29th at the Bahia Hotel in San Diego, promises to be unlike any other animal welfare conference in the country.  Now, with the announcement of dignitary guests from the emirate of Abu Dhabi to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between Abu Dhabi and Helen Woodward Animal Center, the ACES International Conference is proud to be a part of worldwide changes occurring for our animal friends in the Middle East. 


As the capital and the second largest city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi has grown to be a cosmopolitan metropolis.  The city is regarded as the country's center of political, industrial activities, and a major cultural, and commercial growth due to its position as the capital. This strength and influence places Abu Dhabi at the heart of major change within the UAE and signifies the importance of those who work towards animal welfare within this particular emirate. 


Lt. Hamid Alhashimi, 1st Warrant Waleed Mubarak and Corporal Abdulla Habash from the Abudhabi Police GHQ K9 Department, as well as Khalid Elhassan from the Emirates Dogs Breeders Society, are steadfast in their goal of making the UAE a kinder and gentler place for its canine citizens.  The group is in the process of founding the Emirates Animal Welfare Society of Abu Dhabi and their trip to the United States to attend the ACES International Conference is an important part of this effort.  The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Abu Dhabi and Helen Woodward Animal Center establishes a unique partnership to assist one another in increasing the numbers of lives saved throughout the world.


The decision to unite in this way grew out of a past visit by United Arab Emirates guests to one of Helen Woodward Animal Center’s onsite ACES conference.  Both Khalid Elhassan and Waleed Mubarak had attended a seminar taught by Center management team members on the Rancho Santa Fe, California grounds.  The workshop, which taught innovative, tangible practices and programs to increase adoptions and lower euthanasia, provided just the sort of inspiration and practical solutions the UAE visitors had been looking for and they approached the Center about the founding of their organization and a partnership agreement.


Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms was impressed with the goals of the UAE visitors.  A recent launch of the emirate organization’s website states the following… “The Emirates Animal Welfare Society aims to raise awareness of issues relating to animal welfare, urge the public to treat animals gently, encourage them to engage in volunteer work pertaining to animals protection, promote positive behavior while dealing with animals and educate the public about the importance of animals and their role in maintaining the ecological balance, which ensures the continuity of life on Earth.”


Next week, Elhassan and Mubarak will return with their colleagues for Helen Woodward Animal Center’s first ACES International Conference – a three-day seminar that will go even deeper than the onsite workshops by providing an extensive line-up of some of the most cutting-edge speakers, thinkers and activists in the animal welfare industry today.  The conference includes such high profile guests as Keynote Speaker and NBC Today Show's award winning Animal Advocate and bestselling author, Jill Rappaport; founder of “Rescue Ranch,” Krissie Newman; author, animal behavior consultant and host on Pet Life, Arden Moore; best-selling author and founder of The Loved Dog™ method of dog training, Tamar Geller; champion of “Daniel’s Law,” Senator Andy Dinniman; and Helen Woodward Animal President Mike Arms among others.  The Abu Dhabi representatives will then remain in San Diego for another week of even more extensive training at Helen Woodward Animal Center as well as the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in the first week of October, 2012.


“We are honored to welcome our Abu Dhabi guests and we are delighted with their efforts to create the Emirates Animal Welfare Society,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center President Arms.  “Our goal is to increase the numbers of lives saved, not just locally, but globally.  This Memorandum of Understanding is a wonderful step towards ending euthanasia worldwide.” 


For more information on the International ACES Conference or to register, call 858-756-4117 x 350 or visit



About Helen Woodward Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the international Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive and the Animal Center Education Services program, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world.




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