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|Statement of Purpose|
We, the members of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) wish to state that the express purpose of our organization is to create an association made up of paid professional administrators employed by organizations generally accepted to be a part of the humane movement. It is our intention to establish standards of competence, integrity and professionalism by which we will judge our own number and which, we hope, will identify us as the best in our field.
We hope by this means to enhance the value, effectiveness and standing of our individual members in particular and the humane movement in general.
We wish particularly to stress that it is not a policy of our organization to in any way alter or influence the policies or activities of any persons or organizations except as their policies or activities may directly effect the reputation, standing or livelihood of our individual members.
The formal first meeting was scheduled to be held prior to the September 1970 American Humane Association annual convention in St. Louis. Since its first meeting, SAWA has taken pride in accomplishing many tasks.
One of SAWA's first goals was to develop and maintain positive relations with national organizations such as the American Humane Association (AHA) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Membership in SAWA has expanded to include executives in related fields as well as others who impact the animal welfare industry.
Another project begun and completed by the founding members was a nationwide Compensation and Benefits Survey. This survey is conducted every other year and is of benefit to members. In addition to the Compensation and Benefits Survey, a full resource directory which includes data on organizational size, structure and budgets is produced annually.
Over the years, SAWA has evolved with its original statement of purpose continually in mind. SAWA's foremost goal is to encourage and promote a professional approach to management of animal care and control agencies. The goal of the board of directors is to design its Management and Annual Conferences in an effort to continually enhance the standards of competence and integrity of its membership, as well as provide a significant benefit to the humane movement. Meetings are designed to stimulate thought on a wide variety of subjects such as animal welfare issues, legislation, administration, finances, personnel and fund development.