The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement members collaborate to rescue, shelter, rehabilitate and find good homes for animals.

Members of The Association benefit from targeted education and professional certification. The Association Certified Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWA) possess well rounded experience and unique animal welfare knowledge to support agency missions and long term growth.

The Association is the only international society of leaders actively leading and managing community animal shelters/animal control agencies.

Check out The Association 2018 Operations Survey available to all members and the Executive Summary for everyone - a benchmark for the evolution of this industry and key issues impacting the animals we serve.

Upcoming Events



Visit The Association’s new online Learning Center – your one source for upcoming webinars, recordings, and more. All webinars hosted by The Association are approved for CAWA CEs.



The Association wants you to have ongoing access to compensation and benefit information, so you can better assess your own practices and stay competitive in the industry.

November 19-21, 2019

Animal Welfare Advancement through Operational Excellence. As Leaders Committed to Excellence in Animal Welfare, our goal is to deliver quality education, networking opportunities and cutting edge information to enhance your career and professional achievements. Join us!


The National Council on Pet Population is the leading resource for timely, science-based data, information and trends on the population of cats and dogs and the mutually beneficial interaction between these animals and humans.


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