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Mike Wheeler

Director of Animal Services, Cabot Animal Shelter

Mike Wheeler is the Director of Community Services for Cabot Arkansas. Over the last 10 years, he has been dedicated to animal welfare and public safety while reducing euthanasia and promoting responsible pet ownership laws in Cabot, Arkansas. Under Mike’s management the city-operated, open-admission shelter takes in over 3,000 animals a year with a 2019 Live Release rate of 99% counting every animal the organization touches.


His passion for animal welfare and public policy has driven him to his position of President of the Arkansas State Animal Control Association. In this capacity, he trains animals control officers and assists Animal Service Departments across the state write and implement new laws dedicated to higher standards for animal welfare and public safety.


Mike’s philosophy is one that is based on continuous learning in an ever-changing world. Mike has completed bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Business Administration with a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Friday Feb 28th, 2020

When to Bring Them In: Pets That Truly Need Shelter

Clock Icon4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Map Icon Capitol A-C, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

When should animal control officers bring animals into the shelter? How do you prioritize calls when you get jammed? What role can returning animals in the field play in your organization's drive to save lives? Learn policies and procedures to implement in your organization and take the guesswork out of bringing animals in and streamline and prioritize the safety and wellness of pets and people.

Sunday Mar 1st, 2020

ACO's Gone Wild: Handling Fearful and Fractious Wildlife and Companion Animals Workshop

Clock Icon4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Map Icon Capitol A-C, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

This session is meant to teach ACOs tips and tricks for handling even the stickiest situations with fearful and fractious animals, wildlife too!


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