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What is NACA?

The National Animal Control Association (NACA) was formed in 1978 for the express purpose of assisting its members to perform their duties in a professional manner. Only carefully selected and properly trained animal control personnel can correct community problems resulting from irresponsible animal ownership. NACA's purpose is to preserve the Human/Animal Bond by insisting on RESPONSIBLE ANIMAL OWNERSHIP.


The National Animal Care & Control Association is committed to setting the standard of professionalism in animal welfare and public safety through training, networking, and advocacy.


NACA envisions a world in which all animal care and control professionals are respected as essential public servants and receive consistent support, resources and training allowing them to effectively and compassionately achieve the highest quality of life for the animals and citizens in the community they serve.


The organizational values of National Animal Care & Control Association are:

NACA Press Releases

Officer Roy Marcum Ballistic Vest Grant

National Animal Control Association advocates for increased safety precautions

NACA History

NACA was formed at a meeting in Englewood, Colorado on September 27, 1978. Its purpose was and is to provide training for all those involved with animal regulatory agencies and to provide a means for communication between all agencies involved with animals throughout the world, i.e., create a world wide source of information for its member use.

NACA was formed because Mike Burgwin, Director of a county animal control agency in the State of Oregon was frustrated by the lack of a source of information on animal control. He felt he was forever reinventing the wheel. Mike along with some others formed a state association in Oregon and it soon became obvious to him that if it worked that well in the state, why not nation wide? He contacted Warren Cox at that time Director of the Animal Protection Division of the American Humane Association. Mr. Cox agreed to mail a letter, which Mike was to write to all animal control agencies on AHA’s mailing list. The letter calling for a meeting was mailed and forty-nine people representing twenty-four states came to the meeting and voted to form the National Animal Control Association. Mike Burgwin was elected Chairman with the responsibility for writing Bylaws for the newly formed association.