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The Acatemy

For cat rescuers, by cat rescuers. 

January 17-19, 2020  | Dulles, VA

We've got 2020 vision

How do we top the massive success of The Acatemy's sold-out 2019 Spring Symposium?

By making a New Year's resolution to throw the biggest and best cat welfare conference yet! 


Once again, we'll be welcoming the country's most proactive and influential figures in boots-on-the-ground cat rescue (that's you!), empowering them to step up their life-saving game like never before.

"Dog people have dog parks, training classes, not to mention a dozen different dog sports where they can hang out, get involved, and collaborate. Cat people have The Acatemy."

—  Laura Cassiday, Cat Behavior Specialist & 2019 Acatemy attendee

Conference theme: rescue resolutions

We're riding the New Year vibes with programming that walks you through setting clear, ambitious goals for you and your rescue, then providing the skills to achieve them through:


  • 4 rooms of cat-specific advanced and master class content from dozens of your rescue peers and industry leaders

  • building your life-saving network through designated social space with structured breakout sessions and informal activities

  • personal connections with event sponsors and commercial industry professionals

"It seemed like people were really refreshed to not feel so alone. The cat community is really tough, emotionally, mentally, physically, but when you get them together the room really lights up. The energy was amazing."

—  Rachel Kemp, cat rescue n00b & 2019 Acatemy volunteer


It's a cat rescuer invasion! 

All 10,000 sq. ft. of the hotel's event space

has been booked for The Acatemy.​

Embassy Suites Dulles North

44610 Waxpool Road

 Dulles, Virginia 20147

Bringing your cat?

Embassy Suites does not allow pets in their rooms, but the adjoined Homewood Suites does. Our discounted group rate covers both hotels.

A flat $125 pet fee will apply. 

Embassy Suites Dulles North

44620 Waxpool Road

 Dulles, Virginia 20147

"Whether you’re new to the world of shelter/rescue work or have been here for some time, you will leave feeling inspired and energized to bring what you learned to your organization."

- Teresa Villatoro,

    Feline Behavior Counselor,  Animal Welfare League of Arlington & 2019 Acatemy speaker

get news

Tel. 123-456-7890

Fax. 123-456-7890

500 Terry Francois Street, 
San Francisco, CA 94158

OUr mission

Acatemy programming focuses on empowerment of boots-on-the-ground cat hustlers to do more by focusing exclusively on action items, building the social network to expand life-saving capabilities, and facilitating occasions to celebrate their purpose with like-minded people.

We believe in perpetuating change through compassion at grassroots level. By fostering an individual's skills and sense of purpose while proactively fostering a tribal mentality, their success becomes contagious.

While the past three years of Cat Hustler events have earned us a reputation for innovative, original content, sold-out venues, and taste-making features, none of it is possible without you, the living soul of these gatherings. Thank you for your continued support and participation; the best is yet to come. 


- Julia Grosz

  Founder & CEO of Cat Hustler

  & The Acatemy 


“One's work is not about personal achievement, but the ripples their stone creates in the pond ” 

— Julia Grosz, Founder & CEO of Cat Hustler