The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) is a community of professionals committed to excellence in the management and operation of animal welfare and control organizations.
In a victory against animal cruelty, the FBI has begun collecting data on such crimes through its National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The initiative is the result of collaboration between the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Animal Welfare Institute.
When tragic incidents with pit bulls happen, as they have very recently in the metro Detroit area, many are quick to blame the breed, without seeing where the true responsibility lies: the dog’s owner. We share in the sadness of these tragedies, and it is understandable that, in the immediate aftermath, individuals try to find one simple solution to ensure similar incidents never happen again.
An expert in organizational development and a long-time lead volunteer for Austin Animal Center’s cat adoption team, Carla J. Penny, MSSW, presented “Eureka! Wheels on Suitcases: How Organizations Both Promote and Stifle Innovation and What a Leader Should Do.
Fundraising can be frightening. In his session, “Taking the Fear Out of the ‘Ask’ (What would John Wayne do?),” Daniel Neel of The Fundraising Resource Group, demonstrated the importance of conquering the fear of courting potential donors, and instead, replacing it with a dynamic storytelling confidence.
SAWA president and CEO Jim Tedford, CAWA and National Animal Care and Control Association Executive Director George Harding, joined forces to lead a networking discussion about the relationship between shelters and animal care and control. The discussion emphasized the need for collaboration for the overall success of our industry.
Armando Zumaya is a nationally-noted trainer, lecturer and development officer. He focuses on helping non-profits bridge the gap between prospect research, management teams and the field development officers with which they work.
Dr. Solange Charas is president of Charas Consulting and teaches courses in human resources and human capital at New York University.
In her session, “21st Century Animal Welfare: Using Technology to Save Lives,” Cynthia Kopec, V.P.