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The Directors of Animal Welfare
"Assisting local councils and stakeholders in Los Angeles with animal issues"

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What does a Director of Animal Welfare or DAW Assistant do?

DAW Executive Committee Members

 

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The Directors of Animal Welfare (DAWs) are dedicated individuals who have been appointed (usually by a Neighborhood Council) to be the eyes and ears for the animals in their areas. They will work with the local Neighborhood Council or City Council to tackle animal issues, to pass proposals and resolutions and to hold events, such as those related to adoptions and spay/neuter. They will work on whatever issues they and their Councils deem important. Councils can support each other's proposals and hold joint events.

Making Los Angeles a no-kill city is one of the most important issues for DAWs. 30,000 - 50,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. are killed routinely in Los Angeles animal shelters each year at a taxpayer cost of $14 million dollars per year. 

The killing is unnecessary. Cities and counties around the country are drastically ahead of Los Angeles. San Francisco has ended euthanasia of most shelter animals as has Tompkins County (New York) and Berkeley; New York City and the state of Utah are in the process of becoming "no kill." Let's help make this happen in L.A. and reduce taxpayer costs at the same time.

 

 

What You and Your Neighborhood Council Can Do

If you want to be a Director of Animal Welfare (DAW), you will need to contact the Council in your area and ask them to appoint you to the position.  When you become a DAW or DAW Assistant for your area, you will evaluate the animal situation in your community and take measures to rectify the situation. Every area has different needs, so the idea is to solve problems at a grassroots level for your particular community.

As a DAW or DAW Assistant, you may want to explore the following:  

a) Outreach. Identify animal-related issues/needs. Communicate with the people of the area and see what the animal-related needs are.

b) Make presentations at your monthly Council meetings about progress and/or projects.

c) Convey information via the Council newsletter and newspaper articles.

d) Come together with the DAWs from other Councils to create joint projects. 

e) Put on "Animal Care Fairs," one day events in which there are dog training, humane education, free or low cost spay/neuter services, and adoption referrals.  

f) Place referral information on the Council website. (i.e. contact information for vets, animal hospitals, low cost spay/neuter clinics, animal services, rescue groups, etc.)

g) Come to monthly DAW meetings and Valley-wide or city-wide projects.

h) Come up with creative solutions. Tell other DAWs, the city and the state. DAWs will want to communicate with politicians throughout the state about issues that are important to them and their Councils.  

Kris Kelly, Charlotte Laws, Ed Boks, Jeanette Andreas. Photo taken by Reseda DAW Missy Woodward
Past DAW Meeting. Left to right: Kris Kelly (DAW for Beverly Hills and Pacific Palisades), Charlotte Laws (DAW President and DAW for Greater Valley Glen), Ed Boks (General Manager for Los Angeles Animal Services), Jeanette Andreas (DAW for North Hills West). 

June DAW Meeting. Lloyd Levine, Charlotte Laws and Adele Langdon. Photo Taken by Reseda DAW Missy Woodward

Photo Above: The June 2006 DAW Meeting. Left to right: California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, DAW President Dr. Charlotte Laws and Westwood DAW Adele Langdon. 

Photo to the Right: Outside a DAW meeting. Left to right: Former CA Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, Former General Manager of Animal Services Ed Boks and Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council DAW Marlene Goodman.

Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, GM Ed Boks and Marlene Goodman. Photo taken by Missy Woodward

 

The Greater Valley Glen Council passed a "No Kill" Animal Shelter Proposal for the City of Los Angeles. To see the proposal, please Click Here.  

DAW INFORMATION & CONTACT DATA FOR COUNCILS

Greater Valley Glen Council DAW - Dr. Charlotte Laws. (DAW President)
(818) 346-5280 or drlaws@roadrunner.com & www.CharlotteLaws.org 
DAW Assistant - Hillary Alexander (818) 782-8567
Seeking DAW Assistants 

Acton DAW - Sky Valencia  
stmartinsrescue@aol.com
  818-468-4523
Seeking DAW Assistants

Anaheim Area DAW - Diana London (Orange County)
County of Orange, CA
(800) 513-5651 Seeking DAW Assistants

Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council  DAW - Lezle Stein
(323) 225-6700   thedogtrainer@hotmail.com    http://www.handlewoofcare.com
Seeking DAW Assistants Website 

Atwater Village Neighborhood Council DAWs - JeanMarie Wisiewski 
(323) 663-2403  jellybeanjr@dslextreme.com
Seeking DAW Assistants

Bel Air / Beverly Crest Neighborhood Council DAW - Adele Langdon and G.G. Verone
Adele Langdon - (310) 470-1237     stardust@gte.net 
G.G. Verone - (323) 650-6367   giftsgalore@gmail.com 

Burbank DAW - George Shea (DAW Secretary) gvbshea@aol.com Seeking DAW Assistants   (818) 980-6769  
dawsprogram@aol.com
  His Article

Calabasas Director of Animal Welfare - Kayla Laws
Seeking DAW Assistants

Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council DAW - Rachel S. Paap   Rachel@RPworx.org  323-462-9679
Seeking DAW Assistants

Culver City DAW - Position Open as of Sept 2010
City of Culver City Website

Cypress DAW - Sheila Choi (Orange County)
sheilachoi@hotmail.com
    (714) 209-3883    www.fuzzyrescue.org
Seeking DAW Assistants

Del Rey Neighborhood Council DAWs - Andy Pearlman
Seeking DAW Assistants 

El Segundo DAW - Barbara Burke (310) 266-2725
Seeking DAW Assistants

Encino Neighborhood Council DAW - Sharon Brewer
(818) 343-0397 or qponfreak@yahoo.com 
Seeking DAW Assistants

Glassell Park Neighborhood Council DAW - Diana Lannes 
(213)427-8096 diana0601@pacbell.net Her Blog  Website

Glendale DAW - Tina Clark 
tinaclark@earthlink.net
 
Seeking DAW Assistants 

Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council - Seeking new DAW.      
Seeking DAW Assistants

Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council DAW - Sara Mannes. Seeking DAW Assistants.
StarrMannes@aol.com
  (310) 488-6198   website

Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council - Seeking DAW & DAW Assistants
Contact Teresa Larkin (323) 882-6022  tlarkin@pacbell.net  Website

Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council - Seeking DAW
Seeking DAW Assistants

Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council DAW - Lisa Reveen 
(818)438-1118     homesbylisa@hotmail.com 
Seeking DAW Assistants

Laguna Niguel  DAW - Micki Nozaki (Orange County)
Orange County, CA    (949) 219-6109 or (949) 215-5660
Seeking DAW Assistants

Mar Vista Community Council DAW - Lola McKnight (310) 439-5219    lolamck@gmail.com 
Her webpage.
DAW Assistant Curt S. Steindler (310) 213-5420    curt@marvista.org  
Seeking DAW Assistants  www.marvista.org 

Mid City West Community Council DAW - Rebecca West
(310) 497-5495     rsregan@earthlink.net 
Seeking DAW Assistants

North Hills West Council DAW - Sher Murata and Linda Lee. Contact them through their council's website. 
Seeking DAW Assistants Website

North Hollywood Mid-Town Neighborhood Council DAW - Roni von Henshen  
ronigirl@email.com
 

North Hollywood Northeast Council DAW - David Hernandez 
(818) 448-3403, PO Box 3245, North Hollywood, CA. 91609 
drhassoc@earthlink.net   Seeking DAW Assistants 

Seeking Pacific Palisades DAW 
DAW Assistant - Jade Brenner-Katz 
DAW Assistant - Nicole Bacher (310) 403-8912 Nikki4488@aol.com  

Panorama City Neighborhood Council DAW - Linda Alvarez
(818) 929-1599   linda_alvarezzz@yahoo.com  

Reseda Neighborhood Council DAW - Missy Woodward 
(818) 516-1622    savepets@gmail.com  
Seeking DAW Assistants

South Santa Monica Area DAW -  Rebecca West 
(310) 497-5495     rsregan@earthlink.net  
North Santa Monica Area DAW - Risa Freeman
(310) 394-9622    rfreeman122@att.net 
Seeking DAW Assistants

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council DAWs - Hollie Dickinson and Marlene Goodman
Hollie (818) 907-7971 kidactivists@sbcglobal.net 
Marlene (818) 986-3090 s-humane@pacbell.net 

Studio City Neighborhood Council DAW -  No DAW currently
Former DAWs: Bill LaMond  (818) 755-0011 and George Shea (818) 980-6769  gvbshea@aol.com and Laurel Kinder  kinder4rescue@aol.com
Studio City Residents Association DAW - Robin Seidel  robin@rosalieandfriends.com 
 Seeking DAW Assistants
Council Website 

Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council DAW - DAW recently resigned. Seeking a new DAW.
Seeking DAW Assistants

Tarzana Neighborhood Council DAW - Seeking DAW 
Seeking DAW Assistants

Topanga DAW - Seeking DAW
And DAW Assistants

Valley Village Neighborhood Council DAW - Scott Sorrentino 
(818) 766-4257  Seeking DAW Assistants   Website  phantom.rescuer@earthlink.net 

West Hills Neighborhood Council DAW - Kevin Boal   Kevin.Boal@westhillsnc.org
 Seeking DAW Assistants     Website

West Hollywood Area DAW - Chris DeRose
(310) 271-6096 phone or (310) 271-1890 fax 
Seeking DAW Assistants 

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council DAW - . Clifford Craig Jacobs
cjacobsdaw@yahoo.com   (818) 357-3997
  Seeking DAW Assistants 

Westwood DAW - Adele Langdon 
DAW Assistant - Andrea Boyington
(310) 470-1237     stardust@gte.net 
Seeking DAW Assistants

Winnetka Neighborhood Council DAW - Lisa Janes
(818)772-4335     life4paws@aol.com  
Seeking DAW Assistants

Media DAW - Jeff Gross 
jeff@labelfacingcamera.com
    (818) 694-8184

THE DAW PROGRAM IS GOING INTERNATIONAL! 
Amy Meekison in Canada is starting a DAW program. If you want to volunteer or be at the forefront of the effort in Canada, contact Amy at (778) 371-9253 or thru her website at www.protectourseals.org 

If you need to locate a Council, contact Charlotte Laws (818) 346-5280. You may even be able to be the DAW for an area adjacent to where you live or work if the DAW position is taken in your area. 

If you want your DAW or Council listed, tell us to add it to the list! You can also be outside of the Los Angeles area to be added and to participate! We want this to be eventually a statewide project. 

Director of Animal Welfare Program of Los Angeles


Click here to see a video about the DAW program

The DAW organization is not part of the city or county of Los Angeles or affiliated with any other city / county.

To contact the Los Angeles Animal Cruelty Task Force - (213) 847-1417

 

Why should local Councils get involved with this?

1. They can communicate with the stakeholders better than the city can.  
2. They know local needs better than the city does.
3. Participation by Councils and Stakeholders lets the city know we are serious about animal issues.
4. This publicizes the problem. The media will be more likely to cover these issues if they see that the local Councils/people are concerned.