Thank you so much for your support, and for your patience as we analyzed the situation in light of our April 1-3, 2020 Annual Conference in Virginia Beach.  


As you can understand, current events have made us unable to hold the VFHS Conference this April.  We have given notice to the hotel terminating the contract due to the state of emergency and the Governor’s restrictions, and the hotel has confirmed that the contract is terminated.  Of course, it only follows that we must cancel our conference.


For any attendees who have already paid attendance fees for the VFHS Conference, we will be issuing refunds.  However, please note that VFHS is not responsible for hotel rooms.  If you have already made a hotel reservation for the VFHS Conference, you must deal directly with the hotel to cancel your reservation.   


As the situation unfolds, the Board will discuss whether we can re-schedule the conference, or hold a number of regional meetings throughout the Commonwealth.  We are also considering ways that we can help online in the event that current conditions persist for many months.  To that end, don’t miss our Membership Google Group and Facebook posts with information on shelter operations during this crisis and pet food pantries throughout the Commonwealth.  


All of our lives have been impacted by this crisis, and we cannot thank you enough for stepping up to help your community and the animals.   If there is anything we can do to help you and your organizations throughout this situation, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.


Please join us for our 2020 VFHS Annual Conference at the gracious and very pet-friendly Founders Inn & Spa in Virginia Beach. The hotel rooms and meeting areas are beautiful and spacious and there is even a dog park onsite! The collection of speakers is sure to inspire.  The opportunities to learn and network are endless so please save the dates!


Registration is available online 

or by downloading a Registration Form.

Click here for online hotel reservations or call (757) 424-5511 and use group code VFH20 to receive the special rate of $99/night.

Founders Inn & Spa

Preliminary Conference Agenda can be found here:

This is being updated daily. Dates and times are subject to change.

2020 Agenda 

We are currently inviting submissions for speakers.

If you are interested in being a presenter at our 2021 conference, please email us at info@vfhs.org

The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2020.


The conference features practical information and current topics on animal welfare and also provides continuing education credits for Humane Investigators and Animal Control Officers, making it possible to earn 10+ CEU credit hours.


For information about hotel accommodations, amenities and driving directions, please visit Founders Inn.  Special group rate of $99/night applies until March 16, 2020. 


A special thank you goes out to the Norfolk Animal Care Center who will serve as the Host Agency for the conference! 



Partner with Us

The Virginia Federation of Humane Societies is pleased to invite you to participate as a partner at our 2020 Annual Conference. The conference provides outstanding educational and networking opportunities.  The VFHS Conference is the perfect opportunity to enhance your marketing efforts, expand your business visibility and demonstrate your support for animal welfare and protection.


VFHS has the following partnership opportunities for the 2020Conference!


Sponsorship – By participating as a sponsor, your company/organization will be recognized as one of the leading supporters of animal protection, care and rescue.  As a sponsor, you will get free advertisement as well as an opportunity to display your products/information at a table in our Exhibit Area.


Exhibitor – Exhibiting is the perfect opportunity to enhance your marketing efforts and expand your visibility. The exhibit hall will be located at the center of conference activities where meals, breaks, social hour and award ceremony will be held.

For Sponsor and/or Exhibitor opportunities, please register online at the link below or contact me at info@vfhs.org.  


For more information on Partnership Opportunities, please click on our 2020 Sponsor/Exhibitor Brochure. 



Thank you to the following businesses and organizations for sponsoring our 2020 Conference.  We could not do this without your generous support.