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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Behavior, Capture and Restraint

Behavior, Capture and Restraint

Location: Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) 6815 E Trent, Spokane, WA  99212 Date and Time: 5/26/23 8am- 3pm (lunch 12-1 not provided) Description: Join Animal Control Corporal Moore and Sergeant Smokoska for a crash course in dog and cat...

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Snakes 101 – RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 18th 2023

Snakes 101 – RESCHEDULED TO SEPTEMBER 18th 2023

By Dr. Sara Mayes with Snake Haus  This class is for all Law Enforcement, Animal Control, Veterinary staff, Shelter staff, Prosecutors and Judges. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning more about snake care, neglect and proper housing. Please share with...

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We had a successful 2022 ACO Academy at CJTC 09-12 through 09-23.

Visit our Facebook Page for some fun photos of the class.

Did you miss the Wildlife Animal Cruelty Training.?

Did you miss the Wildlife Animal Cruelty Training.?

Good news! You can watch it here! (Sorry....we forgot to record the first 5 minutes or so).  Sara Penhallegon LVT – Board Director and Founder She has a passion for animals and from a very young age has carried that passion in her work. She does hands on work with the...

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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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Please send all mail to: PO Box 335 Marysville WA 98270

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