THE GATHERING is a place to listen to proximate leaders identify their barriers and share their successes to create equitable solutions. The in-person conference takes place on Friday, October 7 from 9am - 4pm ET and Saturday October 8 (in-person only) from 9am - 2pm ET in Philadelphia. Want to join virtually?
You can get an all day pass to watch the Friday presentations at The Gathering virtually for just $35
The Gathering is an introduction to the Human and Animal Well-being framework in which CARE’s mission-driven work is illustrated. As such, we’ve designed a day that focuses on community wisdom and the unique perspective of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color identified as proximate leaders through our CARE Center program.
CARE views this as a great opportunity for human and animal well-being stakeholders to do some deep listening and take this knowledge to contribute to opportunities with individuals and communities who lack direct engagement or investment by animal welfare. By sharing the work of people of color, who are historically underfunded, we hope to elevate and inspire continued collaboration and support.Purchase your virtual ticket here. About CARE:
Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity [CARE] is a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color [BIPOC] led organization inspired to rethink and rebuild Animal Welfare [Animal Protection]. Our goal is to do this in a way that honors and reflects the well-being of all people; making Human and Animal Well-being our primary focus.
While well-intended toward animals, the Animal Welfare [Animal Protection] Field often falls short of its mission because its philosophy and practices often don’t include human well-being. That includes the field’s failure to be inclusive and less biased toward People of Color and other marginalized groups. The harm and lack of inclusion within the Animal Welfare field [Sheltering, Animal Control, Pet Adoption, Veterinary Education and Medicine, Pet Retail] are rarely addressed even though these collective sectors touch millions and have an economic impact of well over 100 Billion Dollars. As a counterbalance, CARE is creating equitable spaces and policies using a multidisciplinary approach.
To that end, we take a Scholar Advocate approach to Research and Development. This means our research team is in the field, partnering with communities in a quest for information used to tailor solutions. Our Narrative Division is focused on Truth Telling because it’s so needed, and so often more beautiful than fiction. Our CARE Center Division is working with underserved BIPOC communities throughout the country helping to build and assist Human and Animal related organizations. And our Environmental Justice & Policy Division adds a much need layer of policy protection and advocacy over the whole of what we do.
CARE is ultimately a collection of passionate activists and deep thinkers focused on better outcomes for people and pets. But unlike other large Animal Protection organizations, and Non for Profits generally, CARE is not attempting to do the work best done by those directly impacted by inequities. We are however creating tools and opportunities for marginalized people to rebuild their own communities.#Conferences,WorkshopsandWebcasts