Spurring innovation in animal welfare by supporting emerging, mission-oriented for-profit and nonprofit businesses.

Coming July 29th & 30th 2021


Michelson Found Animals and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement are partnering on the first ever Animal Welfare Summit intended to bring new innovation to the animal welfare space. This two-day virtual event is available to startups or organizations, both for-profit and nonprofit, that are building products and services intended to improve the welfare of animals in shelters. This event will build relationships between the innovators and industry leaders, with the goal of building a community that will further our mission of saving pets and enriching lives.


• Open to any startup, company, or organization innovating in animal welfare from around the world with limited seats
• For-profit or nonprofit


• Impact on animal welfare
• Uniqueness of idea
• Team experience, background, and diversity


• Application Opens: June 9th
• Application Closes: June 27th
• Event: July 29th & July 30th

Founded in 1970, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is the only international membership organization exclusively dedicated to animal welfare and animal care & control professionals. Members benefit from targeted education, professional certification and networking with colleagues. The Association is committed to raising the level of expertise for all professionals in animal welfare as we believe the impact of our work will save more animals’ lives by developing programs, tools, education, and community collaborations.