April Letter from the President

April Letter From the President

Dear Friends,

‘Tis the season — conference season, that is! Spring is always a busy time in the animal welfare and animal care and control industry. It marks the beginning of kitten season for many of our members, and is filled with amazing training opportunities.

And speaking of training opportunities — we’re taking SAWA to the people! We love seeing so many of our members, colleagues and friends at our own conferences, but realize some people may never make it to one of our events. Because of this, we’ve committed to more and more high-quality executive level learning opportunities throughout the country. To help us deliver on this promise, our friends at Bayer have generously offered sponsorship to send us on the road this spring and throughout the year. Thank you, Bayer!

So far this year our conference schedule has included the Animal Care Conference in Sacramento, and the New England Federation of Humane Societies Conference in Springfield, MA, where we had a great time participating as a sponsor, exhibitor and presenter. Our team will soon be headed to Texas Unites for Animals — always a great opportunity to network with friends, old and new, and to pick up all sorts of innovative ideas from our colleagues. We will also have folks at Animal Care Expo, where we are sponsoring a day-long executive leadership training session and will have a booth in the expo hall.

As we wrap up spring and head into summer we’ll be at the Prairie States Animal Welfare Conference in Illinois. There, we’ll feature Ayla Lewis from Happy Brain Science with a reprise of a very popular session from SAWA’s 2016 Annual Conference in Portland.

And of course we can’t forget our Management Conference in Long Beach, CA! The conference committee has put together an amazing program, with special tracks for leaders in operations, development, administration, finance and marketing. One of the highlights will be a special tribute to our friend Ed Powers, whom we lost much too young. Ed was a member of a small, elite group that first established this conference nearly 20 years ago.

Attendees at the conference will also be the first to learn about our newest Best Practices document (this time focused on Animal Enrichment), set to be unveiled during the event.

If you’re not already registered for this amazing learning and networking event, what are you waiting for? It’s as simple as clicking this link.

I’d like to thank our good friends at the ASPCA for their help in spreading the word about SAWA’s Best Practices document on Transport of Companion Animals. We concluded a seven-part webinar series on ASPCAPro.org in early April. The series enabled us to share this important, life-saving document with hundreds of animal welfare professionals across our industry. It was a wonderful way for SAWA to be “on the road” again, without ever having to leave our desks.

I hope to see many of you on the road this year. But, if we miss each other, remember we’re just a mouse-click or phone call away! SAWA is here for you and we want to hear from you whenever we can be of assistance, or whenever you have a great idea to share with us.

Thank you!

Jim Tedford


Jim Tedford

Jim Tedford, CAWA, is President and CEO of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

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