Welcome to WACA

The Washington Animal Control Association (WACA) was formally created January 22, 1983. WACA is an organization dedicated to promoting professionalism and excellence in animal care, education, and enforcement while protecting animal welfare and public safety through training and support.

The purpose of this website is to provide you every opportunity to participate with us in our goal to “Protect People and Pets.” Here you will find the resources you need to become an Animal Control Officer including the training and conference schedules.


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We have had 9 applicants apply to join the WACA Board of Directors for the 2-year term of 2024-2025. Voting will be held via Teams on December 15th, 2023. Any WACA member in good standing, with paid dues is eligible to vote. 


Returning members

Tim Anderson

Animal Control Captain / Operations Manager

Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC)

22 years’ experience

Rebecca Smokoska

Animal Control Sergeant

Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC)

7 ½ years’ experience

Kristi Boucher

Animal Control Officer

Bothell Police Department

6 ½ years’ experience

Margaret Cooper

Community Service Officer

Lake Stevens Police Department

3 years’ experience

Samantha (Sam) Moore

Animal Control Sergeant

Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC)

10 years’ experience

New applicants

Tiarie West

Animal Control Officer

Snohomish County Animal Services

4 years’ experience


Lexi Stanley

Co-Founder / Vice President

Shelton Animal Shelter Foundation

Former Animal Control Officer

1 ½ years’ experience

Dominique Shepherd

Animal Control Officer

Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC)

3 years’ experience as an ACO (began her career in Oklahoma City)

Christopher Miller

Field Operations Manager

Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services (SCRAPS)

4 ½ years’ experience

We are hoping to hold some continuing education training at CJTC for all ACO’s. Have a topic you would like to see available? Please email info@washingtonanimalcontrolassociation.org


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