We are excited to announce the inaugural Shelter Playgroup Summit!


Where? Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, Sacramento, CA 95828

When? June 2nd and 3rd, 9am to 5pm


This event will be a collaboration among shelter staff and behavior experts.  Our intention is to develop a framework that supports safe and “healthy play” and limits the use of aversives to manage playgroups.


This inaugural event is invitation-only.  Attendees are shelter staff who have significant experience in sheltering and playgroups and can provide valuable input for this effort.


We have secured a discounted room rates at the following hotels (click on the hotel name for a link to book directly):


Holiday Inn Express & Suites ($139)

To take advantage of this special rate, you will need to book your room by Monday, April 30, 2018­ at noon.  The group code for this discount is: SPC.


The Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento MIdtown ($129 + $10 nightly parking fee)

Make your reservation by calling (800) 321-2211 or booking at this link no later than Friday May 11, 2018.  The group discount code is: SPCR.


Hampton Inn and Suites Sacramento ($145 + $8.50/day parking fee)

The group code for this discount is: CHHSPC.



We have a “secret” facebook group for participants so that we can coordinate rides to the shelter from hotels and airports, and other fun stuff!


Click on this link, and ask to join: Shelter Playgroup Summit Facebook Group

Draft Agenda

Day 1, Saturday, June 2, 2018

8:30 am     Optional breakfast social

9:00 am     Welcome

9:10 am     Selecting dogs for playgroups presentation and discussion

10:00 am   Dog - dog introductions presentation and discussion

10:30 am   BREAK

10:45 am   Playgroup management (tools, strategies) presentation and discussion

11:40 am   Utilizing information from playgroups presentation and discussion

12:15 pm   LUNCH

1:00 pm     Staff and volunteer training presentation and discussion

2:00 pm     BREAK

2:20 pm     Using play groups for behavior modification presentation and discussion

3:00 pm     Sacramento SPCA shelter tour

4:00 pm    Wrap-up of day and preview of tomorrow’s topics

Day 2, Sunday, June 3, 2018

9:00 am    Welcome back and transition to playgroup observations

9:30 am    Play group observations and discussion

12:30 pm  LUNCH

1:30 pm    Discussion: What does good look like for playgroups that limit the use of aversives?

3:10 pm    BREAK

3:30 pm    Moving LIMA-based playgroups forward: How, who, what to share with other shelters?

4:30 pm    Wrap-up and next steps

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