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National Animal Care & Control Association


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 National Animal Care & Control Association is a non-profit organization that is committed to setting the standard of professionalism in animal welfare and public safety through training, networking, and advocacy.

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ANNOUNCING THE 2019 NACA Photo Contest

We want to show case our members.

Submit a picture showing any animal care and control professional in action! One photo will be selected each month to be showcased on the NACA website and in NACA’s new magazine “Animal Care and Control Today “.

News & Updates

Training Conference Scholarships

Scholarships to attend NACA's 2019 Training Conference are available to all NACA members. Thanks to a generous grant from Petco Foundation, scholarship opportunities are available to all current Individual NACA members to attend the 2019 NACA Training Conference in...

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NACA’s PAW-one : Episode 2 with Ed Jamison

In this episode I speak with Ed Jamison the director for the City of Dallas Animal Services. Ed oversees one of the countries largest animal control operations with a team of 200 and over 40,000 pets coming in to care each year. Ed recently co-hosted a one day summit...

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2019 NACA Award Nominations Open

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for the work that they do in the animal care and control field? The National Animal Care & Control Association understands that the work we do is physically and emotionally demanding, and requires individuals of the...

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NACA’s PAW-one Episode 1 with John Thompson

John Thompson is the recently hired Executive Director for the National Animal Care and Control Association. John has an extensive history working in the law enforcement community and a strong desire to help pets in need. In this episode you will get to learn about...

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NACA 2019 Conference

October 9 – 11, 2019
Join us for the 2019 NACA Training Conference & Show
The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
Orlando Florida

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The quarterly magazine published by the National Animal Care & Control Association. It contains articles addressing issues of interest to its members and others concerned with the ongoing Animal/Human relationship and associated problems.

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Training & Certifications

NACA ACO Certification

To obtain NACA Certification as an Animal Control Officer, an individual must have successfully completed both the NACA Level 1 and Level 2 Academies, or both of the National Animal Control and Humane Officer Academy (NACHO) Module A and Module B Academies, or the appropriate combination thereof.

NACHO Training Academy

The National Animal Care & Control Association and Code 3 Associates have partnered to develop a higher standard in animal care and cruelty investigation training: The National Animal Control and Humane Officer (NACHO) Training Academy. 

New Online Training Opportunities!

NACA recognizes that the Animal Care & Control Professionals are very busy and often cannot get away for a week for training. In order to better meet these needs, we will soon be offering Online Training Academies in these areas:

  • Animal Control Officer Academy
  • Humane Law Officer Academy
  • Animal Shelter & Care Academy

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NACA is dedicated to your Professional Development. By joining NACA you’ll have access to the best training opportunities. You can also connect with fellow NACA members! In our member’s only site you can post your profile, collaborate together on projects, share your ideas & expertise with others.

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