Massachusetts ACO of the Year

The Animal Rescue League of Boston and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the annual Massachusetts Animal Control Officer (ACO) of the Year Award.

The award was established to honor an animal control officer whose efforts in their local community throughout the year demonstrate:

    • A dedicated and humane attitude towards the treatment and welfare of all animals
    • Effective enforcement of pet liability laws
    • A commitment to public awareness and humane education programs
    • Cooperative working relationships with other agencies, such as state and local government departments, other ACOs, and animal welfare groups.

All officers in Massachusetts must complete training provided by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. In order to receive this award, an ACO must be current on the state mandatory training requirements through the Mass Animal Fund.

Nominations must be submitted in writing and may come from government officials, other officials, animal welfare organizations or individuals.

Applications should explain how the candidate meets the above criteria and should be sent to both addresses:

Joseph King
Animal Rescue League of Boston
10 Anna’s Place
Dedham, MA 02026

Kara Holmquist
350 Huntington Avenue South
Boston, MA 02130

Applications must be received by September 22, 2023.


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