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.
Are you ready for SAWA's Annual
Conference in Portland, OR?
Check events page for updates
The National Council on Pet Population is the leading resource for timely, science-based data, information and trends on the population of cats and dogs and the mutually beneficial interaction between these animals and humans.
National Council on Pet Population & Society of Animal Welfare Administrators
2016 Research Symposium - "Solid, Stretched or Broken?: the Human-Animal Bond"
November 15, 2016
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Portland, OR
Download the 2015 Research Symposium flier