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ANIMAL CONNECTION: SPCA’s Sybil Altman Receives Prestigious Certified Animal Welfare Administrator Award | Features

Sybil Altman, shelter manager at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, recently obtained her certification as a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator through the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, an independent agency whose mission is to help develop strong leaders and promote standards of practice in animal welfare. job.

She is now one of hundreds to hold this prestigious title, including Sarah Neikam, director of operations of the SPCA Albrecht Center.

Altman joined the SPCA Albrecht Center in 2006 as a kennel technician, but was quickly promoted in 2008 to adoption counselor: finding the perfect, forever home for each of the shelter‘s animals. Sybil’s deep understanding and compassion for the animals at the shelter was noticeable. In 2011, she was promoted to her current position as manager of the shelter. In this role, Sybil oversees the shelter staff, manages the day-to-day operations of the shelter and the welfare of the SPCA’s adoptable animals.

Her family includes Kim and their many companions – Henrietta Beans (Boston terrier), Sadie (mixed breed), Midge (dachshund), Mimi (chihuahua), Cheerios (sphynx), Neighbor Sam (domestic shorthair) and Rainbow Unicorn (Russian tortoise ). Many SPCA visitors probably recognize Henrietta, who spends her days lounging around the shelter and begging for treats (she’s not allowed to have any) as the SPCA’s mascot.

After weeks of grueling study, Sybil recently took on the challenge of taking the CAWA exam through the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. This association administers the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator program, which distinguishes senior executives and managers working in nonprofit and municipal animal welfare agencies. In addition to meeting the strict eligibility criteria for animal welfare leadership and management, Sybil had to pass a rigorous exam to earn her CAWA designation.

The CAWA exam covers best practices in animal welfare with questions on leadership, human resources, finance, fundraising, marketing, administration, and animal care. Achieving her CAWA status validates Sybil’s work in animal welfare and illustrates her ability to contribute to broader animal welfare conversations as it relates to her community and across the country.

Jim Tedford, CEO of the Association, said, “Certified Animal Welfare Administrators have demonstrated that they hold specialist qualifications and a commitment to high standards and ethical practices in our industry. We respect their dedication to their own professional development and their pursuit of leadership excellence.

On behalf of all of us at the SPCA Albrecht Center, we are so proud of Sybil’s accomplishments and look forward to seeing how she will use her advanced knowledge to continue building a better future for our homeless regions and neglected animals!