Dear Friends & Colleagues, We know how invested you are in making animal welfare a more equitable and diverse profession. We are right there with you.
Jim Tedford, CAWA, is President and CEO of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.
Dear Friends & Colleagues, My uniform during the pandemic has been a T-shirt emblazoned with these words: I miss hugs and live music. And I certainly miss connecting with all of you.
Dear Animal Welfare Professional, As our name clearly states, we are all about advancing animal welfare. We value our strategic partnerships with other leaders in the field, including The Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV).
Dear Friends & Colleagues, Happy New Year! I wish all of our members and friends in the animal welfare world a happy, healthy, prosperous 2021. But this year in particular, I’m feeling the need to also do a reality check.
Dear Colleagues, As we in the United States find ourselves amidst a racial reckoning, I will tell you that my vision for animal welfare has never been clearer: The animal welfare mission needs to be fueled by opportunity for and access to all. Our shared calling must equally represent the well-being of all the people who comprise animal welfare – our employees, peers, volunteers, adopters, donors, partners, sponsors, clients and all citizens of our communities.
Dear Friends & Colleagues, I’ll start with a riddle of sorts. When combined, what are the two most powerful words in the English language? “Thank” and “you,” of course! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good healthy dose of gratitude, whether receiving it or giving it to someone else.
Dear Friends & Colleagues, It’s no secret that we’ve all had a pretty tough year. Between the pandemic, the spotlight that has been shone on racial injustice, and the extreme political divide in our nation, we have faced a perfect storm of sorts.
Dear Friends & Colleagues, I’ve often opened workshops by saying, “Loving animals is the easy part.” Over the past 5 months, we have been living and persisting through the hard parts.