The Voice for Animal Welfare Organizations

The Animal Welfare Association of Colorado is the voice for animal welfare organizations at the Colorado state capitol. AWAC has been pivotal in enacting critical animal protection laws for many years. Our work has resulted in regulation of commercial breeders and pet stores, increased penalties for animal cruelty, spay and neuter requirements for shelters, and much more. We have also been on the frontlines of forming socially conscious sheltering legislation.

Recap of the 2023 Colorado Legislative Session:
provided by AWAC lobbyist Emma Hudson 

The Animal Welfare Association of Colorado (AWAC) engaged on several bills in the 2023 Legislative Session, though one policy area certainly rose to the top in terms of time, political capital, and collective effort.
Read the recap of the following bills here. 

Veterinary Professional Associate (VPA) and Telehealth Efforts 
HB23-1041 – Prohibit Wagering on Simulcast Greyhound Races

SB23-044, Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program
HB23-1068, Pet Animal Ownership in Housing
HB23-1286, Increase Penalty Cruelty Police & Service Animals



AWAC advocacy committee:

Ali Mickelson – co-chair
Dumb Friends League

Judy Calhoun – co-chair
NOCO Humane 

Duane Adams
Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

Anna Stout
Roice-Hurst Humane Society

Josie Kerrigan
Saving Animals Today

Char Gonsenica
Eagle Valley Humane Society

Jan McHugh-Smith
Humane Society of Boulder Valley

Dave Lewis
City of Englewood Police Department

Krista Amatuzio
City of Steamboat Springs Police Department

Maggie McSchaefer
Foothills Animal Shelter

Rigo Neira
NOCO Humane

Dawn Neely
Rifle, Colo. 

Rachel Heatley
Denver Dumb Friends League

Melanie Sobel
Denver Animal Protection