Everyday Ethics for Animal Control Officers

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Thu, Jul 13th, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM ET
Thu, Jul 13th, 2023 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM CT
Thu, Jul 13th, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM MT
Thu, Jul 13th, 2023 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM PT
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Wearing a badge brings a certain amount of power and great deal of responsibility.  Animal control and humane officers make many decisions daily that impact people’s rights, public safety, animal welfare, and—most importantly—themselves and their career.  Almost all of us want to do the “right” thing in each case.  But, with so many competing interests, how do we know what the “right” thing is?  Is it ‘right’ to allow an animal to remain in a place where it will likely suffer?  Is it ‘right’ to bend the rules to stop or prevent animal suffering?  Who should own an animal, and what can they do to/with that animal?  And, what about euthanasia?  We will explore some of the real-world dilemmas that officers face regularly and discuss how to make the best decisions possible.


This session will cover:

  • Animal, mineral or vegetable: what is a profession and are we one?
  • What are the most important qualities in an animal control/humane officer?
  • What influences can move the needle on our moral compass?
  • Right vs. wrong; is it really black and white?
  • Truth or consequences: When is it okay to lie?
  • Should you compromise your principles?


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This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care & Control Association and is approved for 1 Continuing Education Unit. Please refer to your NACA membership portal for current CEU submission process. Current NACA Members who attend the live presentation or watch the recording will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo. Visit the NACA training page for a complete list of future trainings.








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