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SAWA History ... a trip down memory lane ...

Prior to the formation of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, directors of humane organizations throughout the country would meet at various regional meetings, legislative hearings, and national conferences. A common denominator continually expressed by many of these executives was a concern about the impact other groups may have on the humane movement, as well as the future of their own individual organizations.

As a result of these shared concerns, administrators talked about having periodic meetings exclusively for paid executives where concerns and ideas could be openly shared and discussed. As a result, the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) was formally organized on April 25, 1970.

Attending that historic first meeting in New York City were:

  • Ronald Lambert, Seattle, Washington
  • Charles Marsh, Oakland, California
  • Bill Virden, San Diego, California
  • Ken McGovern, Miami, Florida
  • Archie Fiddler, Tacoma, Washington
  • Frank Andrews, Detroit, Michigan

With the organizational meeting in April, SAWA became a reality. Ronald Lambert was appointed president; Donald Anthony, vice president; Frank Andrews, secretary; and Robert Hudson, treasurer. The statement of purpose developed and adopted by the founding members at this meeting clearly states the rationale for SAWA and underscores the concerns that motivated the founders.

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