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THE GATHERING, Oct. 4th – 7th

Because The Gathering is rooted in community wisdom, expect to hear from community leaders who know the struggle, beauty, and ingenuity of their beloved communities. But more importantly, they know what’s needed to make a long lasting impact.

We view 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.




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2023 Agenda


5-7pm Welcome Event
Spin, 211 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (5 block walk)


7:30 am: Registration Begins
8-9:30: Breakfast
10:00 am: Opening: CEO and Founder of CARE, James Evans
10:15 am: Racial Disparities in Animal Welfare, Sloane Hawes and Linda Daugherty
11:00 am: CARE Centers: Feeding Everyone
11:30 am: CARE Centers: Rehoming and Boarding
12:00 pm: CARE Centers: Youth Support
12:30-2:00: LUNCH
2:30 pm: Circle of Learning and Leadership: Behavioral Training
3:00 pm: Circle of Learning and Leadership: Environmental Justice
3:30: Snack
3:40 pm: Narratives: Representation Matters
4:00 pm: Closing Remarks
5:00-7:00 pm: Purina Love Park Community Event


7:30 am: Registration Begins
8-9:30 am: Breakfast
9:30 am: OPENING Amy Mills, Emancipet
9:45 am: Community Animal CARE (CAC): Access to CARE
10:15 am: Community Animal CARE (CAC): Access to Preventative CARE
10:45 am: Community Animal CARE (CAC): Community Participatory Research
11:15 am: Drum Activity (20 Minutes)
12:00 pm: LUNCH
2:00 pm: Community Animal CARE (CAC): Direct CARE
2:30 pm: Community Animal CARE (CAC): Partnerships
3:00 pm: Snack
3:15 pm: Vet REDI Presentation
4:00 pm: Special Presentation, James Evans and Jennifer Evans
4:15 pm: Closing Remarks Sheila
7:00 – 9:00 pm: Changemakers Circle Ceremony and Reception


9:00 am: Brunch
10:00 am – 12:00p m: NexGen Changemakers Youth Event

Your Stay in Philadelphia

We look forward to hosting you in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection!

If you are traveling from out of town to the conference in Philadelphia, PA we kindly ask
that you book your hotel accommodations no later than September 15, 2023 at
The Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, 1201 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
using this link.

Last Day to Book: September 10, 2023

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact our Conference Event Management Team. 

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Meet the BIPOC Proximate Leader presenters from the Gathering 2022 [In alphabetical order].

Alexandre Contreras,
Pet Trio Charity

PetTrio Charity
CARE: This core value is directed to the Veterinary care of animals through programs to offer financial assistance for owners who can’t otherwise afford emergency care for their pets. PetTrio Charity is taking a grassroots approach to raising funds and awareness for people and pets in need.

Location: Miami, FL

Instagram: @pettriocharity

Cassandra Holmes,
Little Earth United Tribe

Little Earth
Little Earth is 9.4 acre, 212-unit Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized housing complex located in the urban industrial core of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Little Earth was founded in 1973 and remains the only indigenous preference project-based Section 8 rental assistance community in the United States.

Location: Red Lake, Minnesota

Dr. Karlyn Emile, Global Advocates and Allies

Global Advocates and Allies
Global Advocates and Allies Inc. is a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color [BIPOC] led organization committed to ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion in human and animal well-being. Our Mission: To help create equality for older adults, children, and animals in the poorest communities of the world through advocacy, strengthening, and education.

Location: Miami, FL

Dr. Makeba Clarke, Vetorious Community

Vetorius Community
Founded in 2022​ ~ Atlanta, Georgia by Dr. Makeba Clarke ​
Relational Coordination: Pet Parent/Veterinarian/The Community/ Invested Stakeholders Developed out of a need in the community in which South West Vet Clinic has been located for the last 40 years. ​South West Vet Clinic has 5-10 critical Pet Families weekly the client either must form a GoFundMe to cover the cost.

Location: Atlanta, GA


Dr. Serena,
Chapter VIII

Chapter VIII

Veterinary Inclusion and Intersectionality Initiative is a nonprofit organization which was founded in 2020 to foster a representative and inclusive environment in the veterinary profession through advocacy, art, and accessibility. We seek to create access to care and access to education opportunities at the intersection of marginalized pet parent and veterinary communities by way of inclusive professional education, community education, and financial assistance for marginalized pet parent communities.

Location: Atlanta, GA

Elizabeth Worthy,
Kitty and Pitty

Kitty and Pittie
Mission: To help our community, our way by being, and be a resource to those often ignored by traditional animal outreach programs. We believe that caring for pets starts with caring for people.

Location: Macon, GA

Instagram: @thekittynpittie

Francisco Serrano, Kentucky

During the aftermath, I coped like my immigrant parents— drowning myself in my community work with a mutual aid organization named Rise and Shine.

Location: Bowing Green, KY

Instagram: @riseandshinebgky

Jasmin Crisp, Love For Animal Outreach

Love for Animals
Love for Animals Outreach’s mission is to serve as a resource for vulnerable people and paws in the Atlanta, Tri-City, and East Point neighborhoods by: (1) providing a safe place for our youth to learn and be educated on basic life skills, including care for pets and our environment; (2) creating and delivering affordable shelters for outdoor and feral cats; and (3) providing basic food and care needs to families and pets in our community as well as farm communities in the rural parts of GA.

Location: Atlanta, GA

Instagram: @love4paws404

Johnalma Barnett,
Mount Zion 

Johnalma Barnett
Faith-Based Institution, Founded in 1886 in Bowling Green, KY.
Emergency and Disaster Assistance, Food pantry (for people and pets, Homeless outreach, Housing Authority Outreach.

Location: Bowling Green, KY

Latonya Walker,
Sassee Cats

Sassee Cats
“Latonya “Sassee” Walker is a force of nature – an indomitable, laugh-out-loud funny and streetwise former rapper who lives in Brooklyn and will hop in her car any time of day or night to rescue a cat. Her motto, “Don’t talk about it, be about it.” Sassee has the renewable energy of a superhero and a love of animals that is deep and unstoppable. And
her heart is big enough to accept the cruelty humans inflict on their feline friends without turning cynical or bitter.”
– Steven Lawrence

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Instagram: @sassee_badass_tnr

Nicole Jackson, Adventures with Autism

Adventures with Autism
We provide families with amazing new experiences each month, accompanied by certified behavioral specialists that provide caregivers with valuable input on behavior intervention techniques while the children explore, play, and gain confidence in their place in the world.

Location: Atlanta, GA

Timothy Freeman,
Brave Heart Pets

Braveheart Pets
Brave Heart Inc, is creating a community center for social justice learning, compassionate idea learning, Animal Welfare learning, and basic life skills learning.

Location: Atlanta, GA

Instagram: @braveheartspets

Sterling Davis,

The Mission Don’t Stop, Ya’l
Trap, Neuter, Return, Educate, Include. Using TR as a focal point, I want to assist, educate, and service the communities who need it most to prevent overpopulation and spreading of disease in feral cat communities. TR (Trap Neuter Return) is the only humane alternative to euthanasia for feral cat colonies. And in order to get it done, we need to work together with the communities, for the communities, and for the cats, to get it done.

Location: South Carolina

Bianca Gainor,
Furever I Love Atlanta

Furever I love Atlanta
Is a Mutual aid model focused on providing a host of community services, and resources. Furever I Love Atlanta is known for providing meals and support to people and pets without homes.

Furever I Love Atlanta is excited to be featured in Puppy Bowl XIX with one of its rescue pups Bleu! A curious pup with a nose for clues, Bleu is bringing his smarts, heart and bark out to the field! He is NOT afraid to go head to head… Color yourself surprised if you count out Bleu!

Location: Atlanta, GA

Instagram: @fureveriloveatlanta

Awanookwe Bratvold, Awesiinyag Are Loved

Awesiinyag Are Loved
(A – way- see ah Are Loved, from Red Lake)
Veronica’s organization, Awesinyag Are Loved, is centered on rescuing and providing a safe space to rehabilitate dogs, foster them, and rehoming them back to their community. Awesinyag also provides education on animal care and access to Veterinary resources.

Location: Minnesota

Zhaire McCormick, Neighborhood Center

The Neighborhood Center
At the Neighborhood Center, we are breaking the cycle of poverty by offering Academic, Athletic, and Arts programs for children and teenagers. Our programs provide a safe and fun space for children and teens to engage in activities that challenge them.

Location: Camden, NJ


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