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


Urgent Discussion Next Tuesday: “Affordable Housing & Eviction Crisis”

An estimated 30-40 million renters could be at risk of eviction in the coming months due to exacerbated challenges from COVID-19—and with 72% of renters owning pets, the numbers of animals displaced with their people could be catastrophic.  Together, we in the animal sheltering world can do our part to minimize the trauma and devastation caused by the eviction crisis.


Member Spotlight: Get to Know Cole Wakefield

Good Shepherd Humane Society’s Cole Wakefield is a new member of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement—yet already he’s distinguished himself as a thoughtful leader who asks important questions, sees the big picture, and helped lower his agency’s LOS from years to a month.  Name: Cole WakefieldMember of The Association For Animal Welfare Advancement since: 2020Organization: Good Shepherd Humane SocietyTitle: Director of Animal Services Q&A with Cole Wakefield The Association: What do you want other members to know about your organization? Cole Wakefield: We…


Update: Portalmania 2020

Spoiler alert: Even more portals for even more cats! Back in early May, Million Cat Challenge (MCC), founded in 2014 with a gift from Maddie’s Fund, launched the Portalmania 2020 giveaway with a goal of providing 1,500 portals to shelters when animal inventory in North America was at an all-time low. The lifesaving (and roomier digs for shelter kitties!) continues, thanks to the generous support of industry partners.

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