Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare

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Recorded On: 04/15/2021


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Diversity, equity and inclusion are on the forefront of our collective mind. The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is committed to the collaborative and sustained effort necessary for a just and fair animal welfare field. Hear what The Association and industry leaders are doing to advance DEI initiatives, and receive thoughtful information and practical guidance to further your own work. It is diversity of all forms—ethnicity, gender, background, experiences, ideas, dreams, perspectives—that will fuel understanding, progress, creativity, innovation and unity in our profession.

This session has been approved for 1 CAWA CE and by NACA for 1 CE.


This 54-minute session was recorded during Animal Care Expo 2021 - we thank The Humane Society of the United States for generously making this recording available.

Shafonda Davis, CAWA

Executive Director

Animal Protection Society of Durham

Shafonda Davis has worked in animal welfare for over twenty years. She is the current Executive Director of the Animal Protection Society of Durham in NC. She serves on The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare, and is a former board member of the North Carolina Animal Federation. Shafonda, who identifies as a Black American, feels privileged to work in a diverse community in the South with a diverse staff that work together to create a better world for animals through sheltering, outreach and spay neuter assistance. Having started in animal welfare with very few people that resembled herself, Shafonda is hoping to contribute to a future where all of animal welfare is accepting and inclusive. Shafonda became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) in 2020.

Katherine Shenar, CAWA

Executive Vice President, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

Katherine Shenar brings 25 years of experience to her role as executive vice president for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. She has served as CEO for two animal welfare organizations and held leadership roles with four others. Katherine became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) in 2020.

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