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Hunter receives prestigious administrator credential

Tina Hunter, executive director of The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, recently earned her Certified Animal Welfare Administrator certification through The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, an independent agency whose mission is to help develop strong leaders and promote standards of practice in the animal welfare profession.  Hunter is now one of two hundred and seven individuals to hold this prestigious designation.

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement administers the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) program which distinguishes top-level executives and managers working in both nonprofit and municipal animal welfare agencies. In addition to meeting strict eligibility requirements for leadership and management in the animal welfare field, Hunter needed to pass a rigorous exam to earn her CAWA designation. 

The CAWA exam covers best practices in animal welfare with questions reviewing leadership, human resources, finance, fundraising, marketing, administration and animal care.  Obtaining her CAWA status validates Hunter’s work in the animal welfare field and illustrates her competency to contribute to broader animal welfare conversations as they pertain to her community and across the country. 

Jim Tedford, the Association’s CEO, noted, “Certified Animal Welfare Administrators have demonstrated that they hold specialized qualifications and a commitment to high standards and ethical practices in our industry. We respect their dedication to their own professional development and their pursuit of leadership excellence.”

 “Tina’s long history of professionalism and unrelenting advocacy for animal welfare makes her a vital asset to our community and to our organization.  This prestigious certification means that the animal welfare community will know her value as well.  On behalf of all of us at The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, I want to congratulate Tina on this certification. We could not be more proud of her and her accomplishments.” stated Katharine Keaton, president of The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach.

 Hunter, an Horry County native, has over twenty-three years of experience in the animal welfare field and was instrumental in founding The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach in 2001. 

The mission of The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach is to find loving and permanent homes for abandoned animals; provide first-rate veterinary care through our experienced, local veterinarians; offer low-cost spay and neuter programs for dogs and cats; and to reach out to children, teachers and parents through the education of pet responsibility. The heart of our organization is our dedication and professionalism. The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach is located at 409 Bay Street in North Myrtle Beach.

For more information visit www.humanesocietynmb.org or call (843) 249-4948.

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