Incorporated in 1995, the AWFNJ acts as a unifying voice for the animal protection community. The AWFNJ advocates on animal welfare legislation; encourages the enforcement of animal cruelty laws; conducts programs to elevate the quality of care for animals; and acts as a resource to help members solve common problems.  Member organizations can post positions available and events to AWFNJ’s frequently accessed website.

The AWFNJ is best known for organizing the largest annual animal welfare conference on the east coast, which attracts attendees from around the country.  We also serve as an information resource for animal welfare professionals throughout the state.

Through our newsletter, the Humane Voice, our website and our monthly email alerts, animal care professionals can stay current on proposed legislation and issues facing animals in NJ.

The Board of Directors can contain 5 to 15 members who are delegates from any organization that is a voting member. Our board represents various areas of our industry and comprises members from notable national groups, including the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, the HSUS and Petfinder.com.  Historically, our board has included some notable names and organizations from the animal welfare industry such as Ed Sayres (currently with the ASPCA), Jarod Saul from Petfinder.com, and Karen Dixon-Aquino (previously with the Animal Welfare Association). The AWFNJ currently has  members consisting of organizations and individuals from NJ, NY and PA.

Directors of the AWFNJ actively participate as the trustees of the Federation’s finances, managers of the Federation’s activities, and are responsible for the establishment and implementation of policies consistent with the organziation’s purpose, bylaws and goals.  Directors are elected by the Federation’s membership.

Advisory Directors of the AWFNJ who are appointed by the Board of Directors, provide special expertise, experience or perspective.  They offer advice and counsel, but hold no voting privileges on the Board.