48th Annual Training Conference November 13 - 16 2022 - San Marcos, TX


Upcoming events

    • March 21, 2022
    • November 11, 2022
    • San Marcos, TX
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    The Texas Animal Control Association (TACA) will hold its 48th Annual Conference in San Marcos, TX, on November 13th thru the 16th at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Conference Center, and Spa. 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 thousands of dollars for nothing more than a small table in a crowded, expansive exhibit hall.  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 register 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 Edward Cruz, our Exhibitor Committee Chairemail me, or call (682) 241-0905.

    Sincerely,
    Jay Sabatucci
    Executive Director
    Texas Animal Control Association   

    • August 13, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • September 09, 2022
    • 11:59 PM
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    TACA Board Nominations

    Texas Animal Control Association is now accepting nominations for the upcoming election for positions on the Board of Directors.  All nominations must be submitted by September 09, 2022.  To nominate someone, you and the person you nominate must be Active or Honorary Members in good standing with the Association.  Membership can be obtained or updated by clicking here.  The Nominee must be actively working in the animal control or animal welfare profession within the State of Texas, a retiree whose primary duties were directly related to animal control, and/or an Honorary Member of the Association.  Please read the criteria for each position carefully.  Board members must be able to attend four meetings a year in different parts of the state. Up to $1200.00 travel allowance is available to the Board Members but the rest of the travel is the responsibility of the Board Member or their organization.  More information about Board qualifications and duties can be found by reading TACA's Bylaws

    President:    In addition to the criteria above, the nominee must have served on the Board for at least one (1) year within the immediate past five (5) years.  The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association, preside at all general, business, and special meetings, vote on items brought before the Board, be Chairperson of the Executive Committee and an ex-officio of all other committees.  Term length is two (2) years.

    Vice President:    In addition to the criteria above, the nominee must have served on the Board for at least one (1) year within the immediate past five (5) years. The Vice President shall assume the duties of President in the event of their absence, be the Chairperson or member of such committee(s) as appointed by the President, vote on items brought before the Board, and perform other duties as prescribed by the TACA Board. Term length is two (2) years.

    Executive Officer:    In addition to the criteria above, the nominee must have served on the Board for at least one (1) year within the immediate past ten (10) years.  The Executive Officers shall assist the President and Vice President in their duties, vote on items brought before the Board, serve on the Executive Committee and other committee(s) as appointed by the President, and perform other duties as prescribed by the TACA Board.  Term length is  two (2) years.

    Secretary:    The Secretary shall keep minutes for all TACA Board meetings and special and general session meetings, prepare TACA correspondence, as needed, send copies of minutes to the President within thirty (30) days of meetings, have custody of the organization's by-laws, corporate seal, general records, and archives of TACA, serve as the Chairperson and/or on committee(s) as appointed by the President, vote on items brought before the Board, and perform other duties as prescribed by the TACA Board.  Term length is two (2) years.

    Board Member:    Board Members serve as the Chairperson and/or on committee(s) as appointed by the President, vote on items brought before the Board, and perform other duties as prescribed by the Executive Board.  Term length is three (3) years.

    Please make sure the people you nominate are willing to serve in the capacity that you have nominated them for.  The nominees will be contacted and given a chance to accept or decline the nomination.  Nominations can only be made by submitting them through TACA's website.  Mailed or emailed ballots will not be accepted.  Once you have successfully submitted your nomination, you will receive a confirmation email.  If you do not receive this email, your nomination was not received.  Please contact us and we will check the system to correct the error.

    Please include a photographic head shot for the ballot.

    All nominations must be submitted by September 09, 2022. 

    TACA’s Board of Directors is comprised of a group of volunteers who donate their time to serve Animal Control Officers, animal shelter employees, and others who care about animal welfare in Texas.  The Board sets the vision and goals for TACA and helps improve the future of the profession through training, public outreach, and legislative action.  One board member alone cannot do this job and for our Board to be effective, we need a diverse group of members who are willing to contribute their unique talents while collaborating and working as a team with the other members of the board.

    What is required to be a TACA Board Member:

    • Be a current TACA member
    • Actively work in the animal control or animal welfare position within the State of Texas, be a retired animal welfare employee, and/or be an Honorary Member
    • Most importantly, be willing and able to help!

    What is not required to be a TACA Board Member:

    • You do not have to be the Manager/Supervisor of your agency.  We want a diverse group of opinions on the Board.  We need the voices of the front line Animal Control Officers just as much as we need to hear from program directors.   
    • You do not have to be able to take off for days/weeks at a time to do TACA business.  Many meetings are done via conference calls and in-person meetings are usually held on weekends to prevent interfering with normal work duties.
    • You do not have to have decades of experience in the animal welfare field.  You do need to have a strong grasp of the animal control/welfare profession, but there is not minimum experience requirement for Board Members. 

    A good Board Member is prepared for the meetings and keeps the commitments they make to the organization.  They share their opinions and ideas while making sure the organization’s needs are the top priority.  They get answers for the questions and concerns TACA’s members have.  They work to build relationships both within the association and with outside organizations.  And finally, they are willing to be a resource to both the Board and to the membership as a whole. 

    • November 13, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center, San Marcos
    • 75
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    COURSE 301

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

    The Course will be held in conjunction with TACA's Annual Training Conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel Conference Center and Spa in San Marcos.  Please click here to make room reservations or call (512) 392-6450 and ask for the TACA Conference rates that start at just $139 per night for a single.  Hotel reservations must be made by October 22, 2022, to ensure you receive these special rates. You do not have to attend the conference to attend Course 301.  Please click here for more details about the conference, including course descriptions and speaker bios. 

    Course 301 is approved for 6.5 CE hours by TDSHS.

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

    Courses 101 and 301 are accepted by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) 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
     

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