Updates & Announcements

Day 3 Highlights

Complete the Conference Evaluation by midnight, Tuesday, December 14 and you could win big $$$. 

Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this conference evaluation and help us learn about where we succeeded and opportunities for improvement. 

Once you complete the survey, you'll be able to submit your email address to enter to win a $250 credit to be used towards a one-year membership to The Association, certificate courses or CAWA certification through The Learning Center, or conference registration for one of The Association’s 2022 Conferences (Chicago in the Spring and New Orleans in the Fall). 

Congrats to Coulter Kirkpatrick, the winner of Thursday's conference buddy photo contest
Coulter Kirkpatrick, Animal Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Jacksonville

Day 2 Highlights

Here are some of the key takeaways from Day 2.

Diane & Bob Hoover Annual Innovation Award Winners

Read more about the award and the winners' innovations. 

The State of DEI in Animal Welfare

“Take a breath. Even take two breaths,” encouraged The JyOba! Project’s Johnny Jenkins after yesterday’s Assessing the State of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Animal Welfare: Where Do We Go from Here? Presentation, where results from this past summer’s survey on the state of DEI in animal welfare were shared. You can read the report here.

The Future of Talent Acquisition & Retention

Here’s an eBook recommendation from keynote speaker Tom Erb: The Demographic Drought

Congrats to Catherine Daniels, the winner of Wednesday's conference buddy photo contest

Look closely. Catherine managed to get not one conference buddy in the pic, but 4...plus Brad Shear's opening remarks. Impressive! 

Catherine Daniels, Shelter Manager, Chesapeake Humane Society

Never Have I Ever…Animal Welfare-Style

Bragging rights and priceless prizes go to the winners of this happy hour sponsored by Merck:

  • Anna Payton of Aurora Animal Care & Control won lunch with Jim Tedford in Chicago at our Spring 2022 conference
  • Maria Anselmo of Montgomery County Office of Animal Services (MD) won a recording of Jim Tedford singing happy birthday to her next July

Day 1 Highlights:

Here are some of the key takeaways from Day 1.

Winning PSAs Announced

Big shout-out to LifeLine Animal Project for nabbing the People’s Choice Award in Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s 2021 PSA Awards. 

Professional Choice Award Winner

“Rescue,” Dallas Pets Alive!, Dallas, TX

Professional Choice Award Winner
“Adopt An Attitude,” Peggy Adams Rescue League, West Palm Beach, FL


“Pets for Life,”  Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA

“Manifesto,” BIDEAWEE, New York, NY

Congrats to Stacy Nee, the winner of Tuesday's conference buddy photo contest

Queue the awwww for this winning photo: 

Stacy Nee, Animal Control Officer for the Town of Canton, Massachusetts

Join us in celebrating the following newly minted Certified Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWAs): 

• Laura Flamion 
• Kelley Likes 
• Debbie McKnight 
• Carol Lamar 
• Linda Anderson 
• Melanie Sadek 
• Gail Hughes-Morey 
• Britney Tennant 
• Lindsay Hamrick 
• Jed Kaylor 
• Todd Cramer 
• Karen Matson 

If you would like to join their ranks, here’s information on how to become a CAWA

DC Cat Count's Cat Counting Toolkit can help shelters, municipalities, & conservation groups estimate cat populations and design adaptive population management programs that can make a real impact in the community. Check it out here. 

After EACH session, please complete a session evaluation on the session’s webpage to earn CE and a certificate.