California's animal welfare leaders: 1930 (top) and 2017 (bottom)


The California Animal Welfare Association ("CalAnimals") formed in 2018 through a merger between California's two statewide animal-welfare associations:  California Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA) and State Humane Association of California (SHAC). CalAnimals is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Our tax ID number is 94-1541797.


SHAC was founded in 1909 to represent local humane organizations with matters of concern to all but beyond the resources of any one organization or agency.  CACDA was founded in 1976 to represent California's animal care and control professionals.  Together, as one organization, we unite California's animal welfare community and provide even greater support and advocacy to our member organization.


Our Mission

CalAnimal's mission is to support the success of animal welfare and sheltering organizations in meeting the needs of animals and people in their communities.

What We Do
  • Publish the California Animal Laws Handbook, a compilation of key California codes and regulations pertaining to animals, and is updated each year with new laws.  A must-have resource for animal-welfare professionals, law enforcement officials, and others interested in or working with animal-related legal issues.  

  • Sponsor the Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy for humane and animal control officers throughout the state.  We offer both a Basic and Advanced course, which are intended to satisfy appointment and re-appointment training requirements for California humane officers and to provide essential training for humane and animal control officers working in the field.

  • Organize the annual Animal Care Conference, which brings together animal welfare and veterinary professionals from throughout the state for networking; educational sessions on Management, Behavior & Training, Shelter Services, Community Outreach, Field Services, and Shelter Medicine; and an industry trade show.

  • Provide expert guidance to more than 500 incorporated cities and 58 counties in California that depend on animal care and control services to ensure public safety and humane animal care in their communities.

  • Promote sensible animal-related legislation and advise lawmakers on proposed changes to animal-related laws, especially as they relate to public safety, financial impact, animal welfare, and community service.

  • Sponsor training and education to industry professionals and the general public regarding animal welfare and animal control.

  • Provide support and information to members and the general public.

  • Facilitate collaboration to address challenges and improve our collective ability to save lives.

Two great ways to help California's animals

California Pet Lover's License Plate
California Tax Checkoff - Prevention of Animal Homelessness & Cruelty

Mailing Address

PO Box 249 | Penn Valley, CA 95946

510.525.2744 |

CalAnimals is a 501c3. nonprofit organization.

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California's animal care and control agencies, SPCAs, and humane societies are not directly affiliated with any of the national animal welfare organizations, such as Humane Society of the United States and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  Read more here.