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A New Vision from SAWA

In 1970, dedicated leaders in animal welfare, care, and control created the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), with the goal of supporting professionals in the field through a variety of programs and services.

Throughout our 40 years of work, we’ve provided peer-to-peer networking and educational opportunities for people in the animal welfare field, working to help animal care professionals grow, learn, and excel in this difficult and rewarding work. We’ve conducted a biennial study on compensation and benefits, which reports data for turnover rates, Asilomar Accords records, website traffic, personnel practices, and operational issues providing information critical for leadership decision making. We developed the process allowing those in the field to become certified animal welfare administrators (CAWAs), a qualification that—due to the rigorous test required for certification—ensures that those who’ve earned the title are truly leaders and professionals in the field.

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