Welcome to the SAWA Website

The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) is a non-profit individual membership organization of professionals in animal welfare, care & control, dedicated to the growth and prestige of our industry.

SAWA strives to advocate humane ideals through professional advancement of members. Animal welfare leaders network with peers, establish mentor relationships, share best practices, form successful collaborations, and advance the field.

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

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

SAWA members collaborate to rescue, shelter, rehabilitate and find good homes for animals.


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2014 Research Symposium
Call for Abstracts

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SAWA Programs and Services

SAWA April 2014 E-News

SAWA 2013 Annual Report

Leaders Committed to Excellence Video
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 Certification Program

The Certified Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWA) program has been designed to establish recognition for those who have gained a significant body of knowledge, achievements and abilities. In 2014, a diverse group of subject-matter experts in animal welfare, care and control will perform an extensive analysis of the knowledge and skills needed for competent practice in today's environment. A new CAWA exam, reflecting current practices, will be launched in 2015. Any questions about certification can be directed to certification@sawanetwork.org.

 Upcoming Events

2014 Annual Conference

Leaders gather to focus on critical issues that chief executive officers and senior level managers need in their knowledge base to advance the field.

November 10-12
Hyatt Regency
Dallas, TX




Sponsored By

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More SAWA members have joined the Hill's Science Diet Nutrition Program than any other program.


Working Together for the Love of Pets!

Thank you Sponsors

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SAWA 2013 Management Conference Photo Gallery

SAWA 2012 Annual Conference Photo Gallery 

2013 SAWA Compensation & Benefits Survey

Now available!  Ensure your compensation meets industry benchmarks. Order the Survey now.
(We are unable to accept 'on line' Salary Survey requests at this time.)


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