Thank You to all who attended and made it another successful year!

34th Annual CMACOA Conference

Friday, September 22, 2023 • Mashantucket Pequot Museum

Approved for 6 CE credits • $125 per attendee




7:30A Check-in & Continental Breakfast


8:30A Annual Meeting, Elections, Awards Presentation


9:00A ANIMAL COURT ADVOCACY: Jessica Rubin, JD, University of Connecticut Professor of Law and an expert in the field of animal law, will discuss Connecticut's Animal Court Advocate Program, and how it can help ACOs to obtain favorable resolutions in court cases involving animal cruelty. Read more about Jessica Rubin.


10:15A Break -- Visit the Vendors!


10:45A CRIME SCENE FORENSICS: Virginia Maxwell, PhD, University of New Haven Professor of Forensic Science, will discuss the roles of crime scene investigation, documentation, and the use of forensic science for animal cruelty crimes. Read more about Virginia Maxwell.


NOON Buffet Lunch -- Menu


1:00P Break -- Visit the Vendors!


1:30P WILD BIRD FIELD RESCUE (1): Christine Cummings, Director of A Place Called Hope Raptor Rehabilitation and Rescue in Killingworth, CT, will provide instruction to better prepare ACOs for the most common field calls involving dangerous birds. Read more about Christine Cummings.


2:30P Break -- Get a snack and Visit the Vendors!


3:00P WILD BIRD FIELD RESCUE (2): A Place Called Hope rescuers will utilize video & photo demonstrations for the proper restraint and containment of wild birds, and will discuss building an appropriate Rescue Gear Kit. Read more about A Place Called Hope.


4:30P Stick around for Door Prizes! We have over 60!