The purpose of initiating a Georgia Animal Care & Control Association Awards Program is to pay tribute by recognizing in a statewide, public forum, the outstanding people who have, without reservation, contributed to the animal care & control profession. Furthermore, this program would encourage positive job performance, and promote professionalism among GACCA members.

Through recognition of hard work and dedication, the program may influence attendance and participation of current members, as well as ‘recruiting’ new members in future GACCA affairs.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

​Animal Control Officer of the Year Award
​Animal Services Employee Award
Animal Welfare Agency Award
Lifetime Achievement Award

Award Criteria:

Animal Control Officer of the Year Award – The candidate for this award shall be involved in the Animal Care & Control profession, a member of the Georgia Animal Care & Control Association, and has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the field of Animal Welfare. The candidate must display a sense of duty and leadership, maintain an influential work ethic and a positive Animal Control image within their community and beyond.

Animal Services Employee Award - The candidate for this award shall be in involved in the Animal Care & Control profession and is not an officer. The nominee shall have demonstrated exceptional
dedication to the field of Animal Control. The candidate must display a sense of duty and leadership, maintain an influential work ethic and a positive Animal Control image within their community and beyond.

Animal Welfare Agency Award – The selected agency for this award routinely promotes awareness of the Animal Care & Control field by initializing innovative public education programs, enforcing outstanding training programs for personnel, and maintaining quality safety practices. The successful agency exemplifies teamwork, organization, and work ethic, while displaying a positive Animal Control image throughout its daily services, within its community and beyond.

Lifetime Achievement Award – The successful candidate for this prestigious award shall have been directly involved in the Animal Control field as his or her chosen career for a minimum of twenty years and a member of the Georgia Animal Control Association. Throughout his or her profession, the nominee will have exhibited an exceptional sense of duty, spirit, work ethic, motivation, and a commitment to leadership and purpose. By participating in various educational, legislative, field and shelter operations, the nominee will have displayed a long term commitment to encouraging positive Animal Care & Control practices within his or her community and beyond.


Nominations: 

Must be written in essay form - A video bio may accompany essay;
Must identify which award the nomination is for (1 per person);
Must include the candidate name, address, contact phone number, and time of service;
Must include name, address, contact phone number of person(s) submitting the nomination. 

The beginning date for submitting nominations will begin on the last day of the annual conference each year,ending three weeks prior to the next upcoming conference.It is suggested that nominations be submitted to the GACCA Awards Committee Chairperson no later than 3 weeks prior to the conference date for review (Feb 15th 2015).

The recipient is chosen by majority vote of the Awards Committee consisting of four members of the Board of Directors.

In the event that a member of the Awards Committee has been nominated, he or she will abstain from discussions and voting for the award.

In the event of an indecision, or tie, the GACCA President will have the authority to choose the recipient for that particular award.

The award winners will be notified two weeks prior to the upcoming conference date to confirm his or her acceptance and attendance.

The award winners may invite 1 individual to accompany them during the award presentation ceremony.

Board of Directors:

The members of the Board of Directors may enter a candidate for nomination for these awards. The Board of Directors cannot nominate themselves or the agency / organization in which they are directly affiliated with.

During the process of selecting recipients for each award, the Board of Directors shall exercise its own right to privacy, in order to protect vital information concerning the nominees and the award recipients.

The Board of Directors will not be partial to, unjust, or discriminate against any person (submitting a nomination or the suggested candidates) for the awards.

Recipients / Eligibility:

Nominees may not receive two awards the same year; nor be eligible again for 2 years.

GA has many dedicated Animal Control Professionals - Please help us recognize those who have provided excellent service or dedication to our profession (you don't have to work for the same agency).

Nomination Form

GACCA Awards Program