MAC Meetings

MAC's Event Calendar

See our Webinar page for the most up to date information!

Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC) typically hosts meetings three times a year.  Meetings feature guest speakers and are focused on issues and topics of interest to animal welfare professionals.

Meetings also include an opportunity for members to update others about progress with their task forces.  We promote vigorous discussion and positive interactions at all meetings for the benefit of animals across our state!

Registration is open to members first at a special rate, and then open to non-members.  Become a member now to save on future meetings!

Upcoming Meetings

Please see above calendar for upcoming webinars

All About Dogs 2020 – postponed indefinitely due to COVD-19 pandemic

Past Meetings – click the links to learn more about each session, download handouts & presentations


October 20, 2019
All About Dogs: The Everyday Impacts of Complex Placement for Dogs

March 16, 2019
Whole Cat Workshop: Achieving Harmony for Birds, Wildlife, & Cats


December 2, 2018
Hot Topics: “If You See Something, Say Something”: Identifying and Reporting Animal Cruelty for Animal Welfare Professionals

September 30, 2018
Special Meeting: The Business of Running a Shelter or Rescue 

June 24, 2018
All About Dogs:  Exploring the Future of Massachusetts Shelter Dogs

March 25, 2018
Whole Cat Workshop: Building Relationships and Removing Barriers to Help More Cats


November 19, 2017
Hot Topics: ANIMAL HOARDING – The balance between compassion and/or conviction

October 29, 2017 
All About Dogs: Creative Ideas for Foster Care

April 2, 2017
Whole Cat Workshop: Strategies to Help More Cats 


October 23, 2016
Hot Topics: Collaborating to Help Animals

March 20, 2016 
Whole Cat Workshop: Increasing Opportunities for Cats

April 3, 2016
All About Dogs: SEND MORE DOGS HOME – Modifying guarding behaviors, working with fear-based triggers, and building confidence

Meeting Format

Meetings are generally held from 9 am until between 1 pm and 3 pm. Some sessions can run all day. Meetings are held at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, MA.

Meeting costs vary for members ($20) and non-members ($30). The nature of some meetings may dictate a higher registration fee. Light breakfast and lunch are included.

Directions to Tufts University Grafton Campus

Take the Mass Pike to Exit 11 (Worcester/Millbury). At the bottom of the exit, go right onto Route 122 South toward Grafton. After 1.5 miles you will see a series of green highway signs for the Junction of 140 and 30. Take a left just before Statewide Glass. Follow road to its end and take a left. Go about 0.2 miles and take a right at the lights onto Route 30 East toward Westboro.   You will reach Tufts in about 2 miles.  Follow signs to Foster Small Animal Hospital.  Once you have passed the hospital on your right, take a right.  Do not enter the parking lot in front of the hospital.  Take a right after the hospital entrance onto Willard Road.  Pass the horse paddocks on the right and take a right onto Service Road.  At crest of the hill, Varis Lecture Hall will be on your right in the back of Foster Small Animal Hospital.  Turn left and park in the lot OR pass the hospital and park in the large lot on the right.  (Please don’t park in the area behind the hospital.)  Go in the back entrance of the hospital and you will enter the lobby of Varis Lecture Hall.  Click here to get directions online.

Note:  it is Cummings School policy that animals are not to be left unattended in cars at any time.

Membership and its Benefits

Visit our membership page.


Learn the benefits of sponsoring a MAC meeting here.

Speaker and Topic Ideas?

Please email [email protected] if you have an idea for a speaker for a MAC meeting.