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.


AWAC advocacy committee:

Duane Adams – co-chair
Dumb Friends League

Anna Stout – co-chair
Roice-Hurst Humane Society

Diane Matt
Colorado Veterinary Medical Association

Martha Smith
Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund

Ali Mickelson
Dumb Friends League

Char Gonsenica
Eagle Valley Humane Society

Jan McHugh-Smith
Humane Society of Boulder Valley

Dave Lewis
Englewood Code Enforcement

Alice Nightengale
Denver Animal Protection

Krista Amatuzio
City of Steamboat Springs Animal Control

Liz Smokowski
Longmont Humane Society

Maggie McSchaefer
Foothills Animal Shelter

Rigo Neira
Larimer Humane Society