Animal Welfare Association of colorado

Humane communities for all pets and people.


Advancing Collaboration, Advocacy, Animal Care and Control, and Professional Development in the Colorado Animal Welfare Community.

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What We Do

The Animal Welfare Association of Colorado was formed by the historic merger of two organizations in 2020. Two longstanding organizations, the Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers and the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies, merged to better serve all of the professionals in the state’s animal welfare and care and control organizations.

AWAC exists to focus on issues that  affect animals and communities in Colorado. Through professional development, advocacy, and collaboration, AWAC represents  a powerful voice in the protection of companion animals in Colorado. AWAC is committed to enhancing the Colorado network of humane communities for all pets and people.


Member Agreement


As members of AWAC we:

  • Communicate respectfully and directly
  • Comply with applicable laws, rules and ordinances
  • Participate in our communities and coalitions
  • Refuse to use the term “kill” to describe agencies and their process of thoughtful euthanasia
  • Live, every day, AWAC shared values

Our Mission:

Advancing Collaboration, Advocacy and Professional Development within the Colorado Animal Welfare Community.

Our Vision:

Colorado is a state of humane communities for all pets and people.

Save the Date!

Aug. 4, 8:30-9:30 a.m. - Coffee and Collaboration

Building Community Partnerships

Aug. 10, 11 a.m. - Making Objective Decisions about the Dogs in Our Care

Viewing each dog as an individual when determining their care, welfare, enrichment, and outcome. Read the full description here.


Animal Control


The purpose of the Animal Control Committee is to:

  • Advance professionalism by providing quality education, training and certification opportunities that are specific and unique to animal
    control officers
  • Represent animal control issues and concerns in organizational
    advocacy efforts
  • Foster a culture of collaboration to support animal control agencies throughout Colorado
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Our Shared Values

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The Five Freedoms

We believe animals have the right to freedom from hunger or thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injury or disease; freedom to express normal behaviors; and freedom from fear and distress.


We feel deep empathy for animals and people who are suffering.


We believe working together increases our collective achievements for animals and our communities.

Quality Of Life

We are committed to the health and safety of pets and people in our communities.


We are responsible for continuously seeking and sharing knowledge and resources.


We hold ourselves accountable to our partners and community through transparency.

Colorado Animal Welfare Conference

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2021 Conference

Attend the Colorado Animal Welfare Conference to learn the latest techniques, see the newest equipment, and continue your career path as you’re inspired by leadership and animal welfare experts. Your investment in yourself results in improved work environments and higher achieving teams. We look forward to seeing you September 15-17, 2021.

Early bird prices

Early bird prices are available until August 27th. Lunches are provided all three days and there is one reception. No registrations are allowed after September 9th.

Discounted prices

Discounted prices are available for members of the Animal Welfare Association of Colorado.

Save The Date:

Sept. 15-17 - The 2021 Colorado Animal Welfare Conference

We look forward to seeing you in 2021 when the conference returns to Black Hawk!

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