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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A W A C

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.

ANIMAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION OF COLORADO

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
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Animal Control

 

The purpose of the Animal Control Committee is to:

  • Advance professionalism by providing quality education and training 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.

Compassion

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

Collaboration

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

Our Mission:

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

Our Vision:

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

Save the Date!

Nov. 30, 2022 - 9 am - Bureau of Animal Protection Rulemaking Hearing for Rules 8 CCR 1201-18

Dec. 8, 2022, 8:30am - Virtual Regional Training (2 sessions)

8:30 am – The Importance of Language When Discussing Animal Behavior
10 am – The Importance of Choice for Animals In Your Care 

Dec. 15, 2022, 9am-3pm VIRTUAL Animal Fire Training, Evacuation and Rescue (After)

One-day virtual course will provide animal responders with basic knowledge and safety skills.

Jan. 9-13, 2023 - Credentialed Animal Control and Cruelty Investigations Training

To be held at Code 3 Associates in Longmont, CO

Jan. 23-27, 2023 - Credentialed Animal Control and Cruelty Investigations Training

Virtual class via GoToTraining

Feb. 2-3, 2023 - Bureau of Animal Protection Annual Conference

CSU-SPUR Campus, Denver, CO

Quality Of Life

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

Education

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

Integrity

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

Colorado Animal Welfare Conference

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2023 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 20-22, 2023 at Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs.

Early bird prices

Registration will open in spring 2023

Discounted prices

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

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