A group of veterinarians, government officials and other individuals interested in animal welfare in Brazil are working on creating animal shelters in the country and developing new animal cruelty laws. This group visited animal shelters in the United States and selected Oakland Animal Services as the one they would like to use to model their new shelters on. They were impressed that OAS is doing so much with so few resources. OAS’s Veterinarian, Dr. Jyothi Robertson, and Director Megan Webb have been invited by the group to speak in Curitiba, Brazil at a conference at the veterinary school to discuss shelter management and animal cruelty investigations. The trip at the end of November 2012 will also include a visit to Iguassa Falls and Rio de Janiero to give some additional lectures.