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.
2012 Annual Report
The Certified Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWA) certification program has been designed to establish recognition for those of us who have gained a significant body of knowledge, achievements and abilities. The date of the next CAWA exam will be held June 11, 2014 in King of Prussia (Philadelphia), PA, and Seattle, WA.
2014 Management Conference
Animal welfare senior managers gain tools to catapult their growth to top level executive positions.
The "first" 2014 CAWA Certification exam will be administered at the Management Conference.
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2014 Annual Conference
Leaders gather to focus on critical issues that chief executive officers and senior level managers need in their knowledge base to advance the field.
The "second" 2014 CAWA Certification exam will be administered at the Annual Conference.