Frequently Asked Questions

The official dates of The ANIMAL Conference are: Sunday, March 29, 2015, through Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Please check the schedule for up-to-date information.

Knowing that some work schedules may not allow for everyone to attend the two-day conference, we have priced the conference for both one and two day attendance. The number of one-day-only passes are limited, so please register as soon as possible.

Of course. In fact, we welcome attendees from around the globe to attend the two-day conference. The Kirkpatrick Foundation’s Safe & Humane initiative is to make Oklahoma one of the safest and most humane places to be an animal, but we endeavor to inspire communities elsewhere. In order to make our state a safer place, we encourage those in other areas of the country to contribute, expand, and share their knowledge and commitment to animal wellbeing.

The Kirkpatrick Foundation’s Safe & Humane initiative and ANIMAL conference support the idea of Animal Wellbeing or Welfare. We welcome all of those in the animal wellbeing community who are respectful to differing points of view. Sometimes, language and terminology can be polarizing, and we have found that the phrase “animal rights” is both intentionally and unintentionally divisive. The Safe & Humane conference is designed to bring concerned and interested people together to study and communicate about the current issues and future trends of animal wellbeing—including those with differing views.

Yes. We encourage non-profit and corporate entities to schedule regular or special meetings in concert with the conference. We can help identify meeting space at the hotel or a site within walking distance. We’ll also share the detail the details of your meeting on our conference website and in conference materials.

The main portion of The ANIMAL Conference is being held at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Sunday reception and tours will be held offsite.

The ANIMAL Conference official Web site provides Internet registration 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All attendees will receive a confirmation by email. This confirmation is your receipt and verifies your registration information. If you have questions, please call +1 405 604 0041.

Call: +1 405 604 0041 or email Brad Holt, operations manager.

Full refunds, less a $50 cancellation fee will be honored for all cancellations received, in writing, by March 20, 2015. Absolutely no refunds will be made for cancellations received after that date. Send cancellations to Brad Holt, operations manager. If you fail to cancel your registration by March 20 and/or no show to the event, you are responsible for payment in full.

Will Rogers World Airport – Oklahoma City (OKC) it is located approximately 15 minutes away from the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

The official ANIMAL Conference hotel is:
Skirvin Hilton Hotel  
One Park Avenue  
Oklahoma City, OK 73102  
+1 888 490 6546

Hotel room reservations can be made by visiting the Skrivin Hilton Hotel website or by calling +1 888 490 6546.

When you arrive at The ANIMAL Conference and check in at a registration counter, you will receive your badge.

Attire is business casual. Feel free to be comfortable in slacks, polo shirts, sweaters, blazers, blouses and most importantly, comfortable shoes. We do recommend you dress in layers as temperatures in meeting rooms can vary.

*Please note: spring temperature in Oklahoma City in late March is typically mild. The average low is 44 with an average high of 68.

The ANIMAL Conference does not provide child care services during the event. Attendees requiring assistance with child care should contact the hotel concierge.

The ANIMAL Conference and the Skirvin Hilton Hotel’s goal is to meet every attendee’s need. For people with disabilities, that means providing a fully accessible environment. The Skirvin Hilton Hotel complies with the regulations set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please email Megan McGuire, event coordinator, should you need any special accommodations.

Yes. Although we are not serving a vegan-only menu, we do plan to work with the chef at the Skirvin to provide options for a variety of dietary needs. We also intend to serve locally raised meat at the conference from regional Animal Welfare Approved producers.