Become a Member

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is a network of animal welfare professionals who are the leaders of today and tomorrow. There is real strength in numbers, and our membership is guiding this profession and the entire humane movement into the future. Join us!

Members Get BIG Savings

Your Association membership can pay for itself in savings!








Compensation & Benefits Benchmarking Study



Job Postings



Certificate Programs



PLUS – only Members get access to The Network, our online community for animal welfare professionals. Check out our other member benefits below.

Because They Said So...

“Having a network of folks who understand what you’re going through and who can come together and support you is so important. For BIPOC folks in particular, we need more members, so come and join us.”
Allison Cardona
California State Director, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
“The Association is so important from a networking and training standpoint that anyone who plans to be in this field and excel through leadership should get involved with The Association.”

Ed Jamison
Chief Executive Officer
Operation Kindness

“If you want to be the best you can be at your job, this is the place to be to learn from others and build your knowledge and skill.”
Brad Shear
Executive Director,
Potter League for Animals
“If you truly want to be part of what animal welfare is about, becoming a member of The Association is the first step in the right direction.”

Gloria Dorsey, DVM
Vice President of Community Education and Advocacy, Atlanta Humane Society

“Membership with The Association is great for you as an individual, but it’s also a resource for your organization.”

Joann Fuller
Brand Engagement Manager
Hill's Pet Nutrition

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    The Network (online community)
    Got a question or problem? Don’t reinvent the wheel. Need advice, guidance, or support? Tap into this group of dedicated animal welfare professionals. Crowdsourcing here is an easy, cost-effective way to seek out advice and ideas from your peers. This online community is a members-only benefit.

    Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA)
    Distinguish your skills and up your game with this animal welfare certification. Members get 50% off CAWA exam fees—that's nearly $400 in savings. If you're pursuing CAWA, your membership more than pays for itself.

    Association Conferences
    Our conferences attract decision-makers from around the globe. The content is incredible, the connections made are invaluable, and the memories formed will fuel your dedication to this profession. Members get a discounted rate on conference registration ($200 off) and can extend their member rate to 5-10 colleagues from their organization.

    Compensation & Benefits Benchmarking Study
    Get on-demand insights related to compensation and benefits ensure fair compensation for your staff. Members save $200 on Basic or Premium Access.

    The Learning Center

    Roundtable Events on Industry Trends

    HR & Operations Leadership Group

    Career Center
    As a member of The Association, you can list new jobs for free for 30 days. Non-members pay $150 per listing, so even if you post just two jobs per year, your membership has more than paid for itself. Go ahead, pat yourself on the back for making the smart and resourceful move to join.

    Member Directory
    Search by name, title, organization, location, keyword and send messages directly

    Members Monthly Newsletter
    #leadbyassociation Weekly Industry Newsletter

    Self-Paced Certificate Programs
    The Association is committed to offering you top-notch self-paced online opportunities for professional development and career advancement, at a discount.
    • Leadership Certificate Program – 33% off
    • Fundraising Certificate Program - Save $126 per course
    • Volunteer Engagement Certificate Program – Save $50 per course

    Take Advantage of our Partner Discounts
    • Happy Brain Science Course & Game
    • GrantStation
    • TechImpact
    • Animal Care Expo

    Regional Representative Program
    This program provides several options for members to connect with their colleagues regionally.