44th Annual Training Conference November 11-14 - San Marcos, TX

Upcoming events

    • February 01, 2018
    • November 09, 2018
    • San Marcos, TX

    The Texas Animal Control Association (TACA) will hold its 44th Annual Conference in San Marcos, TX, on November 11th thru the 14th at the Embassy Suites. TACA is the oldest state association in the United States and this is the most attended conference by city and county governments that have animal control/welfare departments and operate animal shelters in Texas. These government entities have annual budgets to operate these departments and are looking for vendors that have products and services that meet their needs.  We try to keep our sponsorship/exhibitor rates as reasonable as possible because we understand that come companies that have goods or services that can greatly benefit our attendees simply can’t afford $1,000 or more to join us.  Our conference provides the chance to spend more time with each registrant on a more personal level so that the advertising value to our sponsors and exhibitors is maximized.

    TACA looks forward to your participation as a sponsor/exhibitor at this year’s conference.  This registration form details all of the sponsor/exhibitor opportunities.  The faster the registration is completed and paid for, the sooner we can post your company as a sponsor/exhibitor for this year’s conference on our web site, mailer, and other promotional materials.  Space and sponsorships are limited so please complete your registration as soon as possible to reserve your space at the conference and ensure you are able to sponsor at the level you would like.

    You can get lost in the crowd of other conferences or you can come join us and really have the opportunity to interact with all of our attendees!  If you need any additional information or have any questions, please feel free to email me or call (682) 241-0905.

    Jay Sabatucci
    Executive Director
    Texas Animal Control Association   

    • August 13, 2018
    • September 28, 2018

    Each year at the TACA Annual Conference, awards are presented to outstanding organizations and individuals to recognize their achievements in and contributions to the animal welfare profession. 

    TACA is requesting nominations for various awards to be presented at the Annual Training Conference. Descriptions for each award, including the requirements for nominees, can be found on TACA's website.  In addition to specifically set guidelines, nominations must include the following: Name, address, and phone number of nominee, resume or background information; nomination category; justification or reason for nomination; name, address and phone number of person and organization or agency who will accept the award if nominee is chosen by the TACA Board; and information on the person submitting the nomination.

    Nominations for all awards can be made on the TACA website or by completing the nomination form found on the Awards page and emailing it to Jay Sabatucci.  All nominations must be received by September 28, 2018. 

    • September 15, 2018
    • (CDT)
    • November 09, 2018
    • (CST)

    All current members of the Texas Animal Control Association are entitled to vote for the Board of Directors that leads the Association.  Ballots must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Friday, November 9th to be counted.  Validity of any questionable ballot will be determined by the Nomination Committee of the Texas Animal Control Association Board of Directors and their decision is final.  

    If you are unable to register to vote, your membership is likely listed as lapsed in the system. Only current certified members have voting rights.  Please click here to obtain or renew your membership.  If you feel there is a mistake in the system, please email Jay Sabatucci so that corrections can be made.

    Board of Director Candidates & Biographies

    President-Elect Candidate
     Robert Lee
    Hi, my name is Robert E. Lee and I have been in Animal Control for 32 years. I am currently working for the City of Friendswood as the Animal Control Supervisor. I am also currently serving on T.A.C.A board as a board member and I have loved working behind the sense at the conference with all the other board member to ensure the conference was enjoyed by all. I am running for President Elect, it would be an honor for me to continue to serve this great association and its members, if you know me then you know that I have never met a stranger and that I am very outgoing and always willing to help. Just a little background on my career, if anyone has been in animal control for a while then you know that it is the same stuff day in and day out, some good and some bad but I love this job and plan to serve my City for at least 20 more years. I also love hearing from other Animal Control Officers from across the state that call me for help or advice, please continue to do so and if anyone else that needs anything don’t hesitate to call me. We are all on the same team and we all need to take care of one another.

    Vice President Candidate
    Paul O'Neill
    My name is Paul O'Neill and I have been in this profession since 2002.  I am currently the Animal Services Supervisor for the City of Denton, have worked in Midland as the Animal Services Director and started at the Brazos Animal Shelter in Bryan/College Station.  I have enjoyed serving on the TACA Board and would like to continue working to improve our profession.  I feel that professional development should be a priority and would enjoy the opportunity to serve with, and for, my fellow officers.

    Secretary Candidate
    No nominations received.

    Board of Director Candidates (Three Positions Available)

    Edward Cruz
    My name is Edward Cruz, I work for the City of San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter as an Animal Protection Officer. I have been in the animal control field for almost 7 years now. I was formally the Field Supervisor at the City of Corpus Christi where I worked for 6 years. I would like to be on the TACA Board so that I can take the knowledge that I have absorbed over my career and try to help my fellow colleagues in an ever changing and growing field move into the future.

    Lauren Hartis
    No bio received at this time.

    Alexandra Johnston 
    I have been in law enforcement for the last eleven years. For six of those years, I have been a licensed peace officer, and for the last five years, I have been part of the animal crimes unit. I am accomplished animal cruelty investigator and have a high conviction rate. As a member of the Texas Humane Legislation Network, I have joined the last two legislative sessions to advocate for passing important bills through the Texas House of Representatives. I have spoken to many Texas State Senators and House of Representatives regarding important animal protection legislations. This is a cause that is very important to me and very close to my heart, mainly due to what is seen while I am working as a Peace Officer. In my work, I have seen all types of different cruelty cases and work the entirety of the case, from the outcry to the conviction. I have supervised many seizures of all sizes and degrees of severity. I have worked one on one with many rescue agencies and law enforcement agencies, from federal to local, in helping ensure their cases are handled the most effective way. In 2017, I received my peace officer instructor license and have already started to teach other peace officers essential information regarding animal cruelty cases. I am also a certified instructor for Texas Animal Control Association. For my agency, I teach all the animal outreach programs and events. In addition, I also personally volunteer with Animal Investigation and Response as an instructor, investigator, and animal handler. During Hurricane Harvey, I was deployed by Animal Investigation and Response to assist with emergency response. I assisted with the relief efforts at Houston Humane Society as a volunteer with Animal Investigation and Responses and HSUS. I am also part of the ASPCA Field and Investigation Team and have been deployed with them on cruelty cases.
    My passion is fighting for humane treatment of animals through education outreach to my coworkers, peers, and community. I believe that in teaching law enforcement officers and animal control officers best practices and new techniques, we can be more successful in addressing animal cruelty in all forms. I want to be part of the training and education board because my practical experience in the field would be a valuable addition to the board. I want to bridge the gap between law enforcement and animal control agencies to promote partnerships in our shared missions. This will allow these agencies to take on more cases and achieve more desired outcomes.

    April Moore
    April Moore served as Animal Protection Supervisor with the Field Services Unit based at the Austin Animal Center for over 10 years.  She played an integral role in developing community policies and programs that promote lifesaving, without compromising public safety, and connect community members with the resources needed to keep their pets and neighborhoods safe and healthy. The Field Services Unit serves over 1 million residents in the Austin and Travis County area through response to almost 31,000 calls for service, emergency response, neighborhood canvassing and outreach events.  April is now Austin Animal Center’s Engagement Manager and is working to create neighborhood-level programs to address unique animal services needs in high intake, low return-to-owner areas in the community and to reposition the center’s intake facility as a pet resource center.

    • November 11, 2018
    • November 14, 2018
    • San Marcos, TX

    If the registrant has or had a TACA membership, sign in using the email address that is specific to their TACA account.  Current members can then register for the reduced rate and returning members can update their membership.  New members will need to put in an email address they have access to and register as a member during registration. Do not register an attendee under a supervisor's email or using a group email (i.e. animalservices@city.com).  The credit card used to pay for the registration does not have to be in the registrant's name so supervisors can pay for the conference using their purchasing cards.  Please email Jay Sabatucci or call him at (682) 241-0905 if you have any questions or problems with registration.

    Please click here for more details about the conference, including course descriptions and speaker bios. 

    If you are interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor at the conference, please click here for more information.

    The Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos (click here to see what all San Marcos has to offer while you're in town!).  Reservations can be  made online by clicking here or by calling (866) 327-0186 and use the code ANC to get TACA's special rates.  Hotel reservations must be made by October 12, 2018, to ensure you receive TACA's special rate.

    This is the only conference in the state where every class, event, and award is specifically chosen due to the benefit it provides to our members. If you want the best training that will provide you with tools to better perform your daily duties, this is the conference you need to attend! We look forward to seeing everyone in San Marcos on November 11-14!

    One of the advantages of TACA membership is a free Euthanasia Course Renewal on Sunday, November 11, 2018.  Members may use the Conference registration form.

    Also, anyone who needs the TCCI 301 Class or TCCI Renewal may register for the TCCI 301 on Sunday, November 11, 2018, using the Conference registration form.

    Jamey Cantrell
    TACA President

    • November 11, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Embassy Suites in San Marcos
    COURSE 301

    Topics covered include Texas animal laws, on-scene evidence collection, processing evidence in the shelter, puppy mills, and animal hoarding.  

    Hosted in conjunction with TACA's 44th Annual Training Conference at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos however you do not have to attend the conference to attend Course 301.

    Course 301 is approved for 6.5 CE hours by TDSHS.

    All courses are approved by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for continuing education hours for Certified Veterinary Technicians.

    Courses 101 and 301 are approved by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education for continuing education hours for law enforcement personnel.

    Animal Control Officers must satisfactorily complete all three courses.  Certified Peace Officers must satisfactorily complete Courses 101 and 301.

    Courses do not have to be taken in any particular order; however certification is not transferred until all courses are successfully completed as required. 

    Officers who have successfully completed a cruelty investigations course given by the National Animal Control Association, the Law Enforcement Training Institute, or the Association of Certified Cruelty Investigators may be certified as a TCCI if they email proof of training for consideration and approval.  Officers who have successfully completed prior training may get credit for CI 101 and/or CI 201 and only be required to complete CI 301 for certification.

    All Officers certified as TCCI must obtain and maintain an annual membership with TACA.

    All Officers certified as TCCI must successfully complete a renewal course at least once every three years.  Renewal courses will be provided each year at TACA's Annual Training Conference

Embassy Suites, San Marcos
1001 E McCarty Ln, San Marcos, TX 78666, Phone (512) 392-6450 (Group Rate for Texas Animal Control Assn.)

Use the code ANC to get TACA's special rate of $125 per night.
(Includes full breakfast and complimentary evening happy hour)
All guest rooms are suites...There is a restaurant and bar, and the conference area is attached to the hotel.
The hotel is next door to the largest outlet mall in the state.
Hotel reservations must be made by October 12, 2018, to ensure you receive TACA's special rate.

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