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April Letter from the President

Dear friends, There are many things I have long admired about SAWA. First, I think our leadership development training opportunities are unparalleled in our industry. I haven’t missed a conference in over 20 years because the content SAWA delivers challenges me to think beyond the boundaries of my industry — my comfort zone. Secondly, SAWA…

Dog and rat friends, playing and sit side by side

Of Mice and Dogs

When I was an undergrad, I studied an unusual species of mouse called the spiny mouse (Acomys cahirinus). They are unusual in that they are precocious – born with fur and able to move about and feed themselves (much different than the mice we are familiar with, where babies are born quite underdeveloped and fully…


Helping Senior Dogs Find Forever Homes

November is “Adopt a Senior Dog” Month. As an animal welfare professional, this is your chance to educate prospective pet owners about some of the following advantages of adopting an older canine: No surprises. From the get-go, pet parents will know important information, including the dog’s full-grown size, personality, and grooming requirements. Easy training. Older…

Man Analysis Business Accounting on Laptop

10 Years of Data from the Largest Study Ever Conducted on Animal Shelter Employees

By Mallory F. Fiery, MA, Licensed Psychological Associate & Steven G. Rogelberg, PhD, Chancellor’s Professor – Organizational Science, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Euthanasia, kitten season, limited financial resources…often, there seems an unending litany of stressors involved in the daily management of animal welfare and the dedicated staff who make it possible. Over…

Feral Calico Cat

Engage volunteers at your next trap, neuter, release event

Community cats are found across the United States and have become an important topic in the animal welfare community. In Arizona, 30,000 cats were brought into Maricopa County animal shelters in 2013 — and the trend isn’t exclusive to the area. To address the aforementioned issue, animal welfare organizations and community members must work together. However,…

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