BJ Andersen, Executive Director of Willamette Humane Society, Achieves Professional Certification in Animal Welfare (CAWA)
BJ Andersen has achieved the highest level professional designation for animal welfare professionals, having earned the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA™) credential. This designation provides independent, third-party validation of the knowledge and skills necessary for competent practice as an animal welfare or animal control executive.
The CAWA certification program, administered by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), distinguishes top-level executives and managers working in nonprofit and municipal agencies for their knowledge, experience and expertise.
CAWA candidates must meet strict eligibility requirements in leadership, management, and animal welfare experience and successfully pass a rigorous exam, developed to meet the highest competency standards.
The exam tests knowledge and skills in administration, human resources management, leadership, communications, advocacy and development, and animal management.
Jim Tedford, SAWA President & CEO, commented, “the CAWA certification program is a demonstration of the highest standards of leadership and management among nonprofit organizations, and we congratulate BJ Andersen, CAWA, for achieving this distinction.”
About The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators
The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) is a community of professionals committed to excellence in the management and operation of animal welfare and control organizations.
SAWA provides the practical knowledge, resources, and solutions members need to grow as professionals, achieve the goals of their organizations, and, collectively, advance the animal welfare profession.
About Willamette Humane Society
Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk Counties, Oregon. In 2014-2015, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,255 pets and 65,417 people (16% of the local population). WHS offers pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training — and reduces pet overpopulation through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 55 member staff, and 1,100+ volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org