The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is a professional network that develops and promotes industry best practices, cultivates collaboration, and brings out the best in animal welfare leaders. The Association is the only international society of leaders actively leading and managing community animal shelters and animal control agencies. Our members collaborate to rescue, shelter, rehabilitate and find good homes for animals.
Members of The Association benefit from targeted education, conferences and professional certification, including our new online Learning Center and our Certified Animal Welfare Administrator credentialing program, CAWA.
The Association is a founder of and leader in The North American Coalition for COVID-19 Response with nearly 40 veterinary and animal welfare leaders from Canada, Australia, and the United States. See our Shelter Toolkit for COVID-19 response.