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The Humane Society of the United States ("HSUS") considers the health and safety of all those who attend Animal Care Expo 2023 ("Expo") our top priority. As we approach Expo, we will continue to update participants with the important information needed to plan your trip, including any changes to these protocols and any other policies and procedures you need to know before arriving. Updates will be shared on this page, through our social media channels and via email when appropriate. All participants attending Expo in-person will be required during the registration process to agree to Expo’s Health and Safety Rules and Participant Pledge along with a COVID-19 Waiver and Release of Liability.

All in-person participants will be required to comply with the following protocols as part of their participation at Animal Care Expo 2023:

  • Proof of being fully vaccinated with the primary series of COVID-19 vaccine or a negative lab/PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 72-hours prior to the first date of Expo (paid for at the participant’s expense). Please visit the CDC website for more information on COVID-19 testing. Communication will be emailed to participants in advance of Expo on how to submit the required documentation via our third-party verification system.
  • Masks are strongly recommended indoors, and all are welcome to wear them.
  • Use hand sanitizer and wash your hands frequently
  • Follow any physical distancing guidelines
  • Follow any additional guidance and regulations imposed by HSUS, regardless of whether federal, state, or local laws dictate the use of these practices. These regulations may become more or less strict at any time between now and the Event date.
  • Should you become ill during or after the Expo you will:
    • Immediately report your illness to expo@humanesociety.org.
    • Refrain from further Expo participation and remain in your hotel room or the designated quarantine area until such time that you can return to your home.
    • Notify HSUS of other participants you were in proximate contact with.
    • Keep HSUS informed of your diagnosis.
  • You understand that if you are refused entrance or are removed from the Expo for not following these regulations, your registration fees for the Expo may be forfeited.

The Humane Society of the United States strongly encourages all Expo participants to be up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, including all primary series doses and boosters, before attending the Event. For more information on vaccination, visit the CDC website.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, feel sick, or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home.

The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo health and safety protocols are subject to change as COVID-19 continues to be an evolving situation.

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Animal Care Expo 2023 Terms and Conditions
Animal Care Expo 2023 Terms and Conditions
Animal Care Expo Participant Pledge
Animal Care Expo 2023 Participant Pledge
Animal Care Expo COVID Liability Waiver
Animal Care Expo 2023 COVID Liability Waiver