The Association volunteer leadership and staff team, led by Jim Tedford, CAWA, President & CEO, are hard at work to build a flexible and effective infrastructure to maximize efforts to tackle these challenges, currently in focus:

Animal Trends: overpopulation of cats; transport of animals across geographic regions; need for emergency assistance

Financial Climate: worldwide economy effect on fundraising and municipal budgets

Business environment: increasing need for technological advancement, professional staff, and organizational transparency

Mission, Vision, and Objectives
  • To promote the sharing of information among and within animal welfare and control agencies.
  • To enhance the positive and professional image of animal welfare and control agencies.
  • To provide educational opportunities for members.
Formal codes of ethics, in themselves, are never enough. No document can cover every eventuality. No series of rules and procedures can guarantee ethical behavior. But establishing a formal code of ethics is crucial because it sets the tone, defines the issues and articulates the values and visions of the organization. Codes of ethics are public announcements. They are statements about the beliefs and intentions of the organization. Codes help to define both the issues at stake, and exactly who has a stake in the issues. Codes help to clarify rights and obligations and articulate an unmistakable minimum standard of conduct. Codes help to make up for human frailty by guiding the individual on what conduct is acceptable. Finally, codes provide a basis for doing principled reasoning and making ethical decisions.

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