Shelter leader Wayne earns Animal Welfare Administrator certification

Katelyn Lehman, Director of Wayne County Dog Shelter and Wayne County dog ​​sitter, has earned CAWA (Certified Animal Welfare Administrator) certification through the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. She is one of several hundred people in the country to hold this title.

The CAWA program is designed for senior executives and managers working in nonprofit and municipal animal welfare organizations. In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria for Animal Welfare Leadership and Management, Lehman passed an exam to earn the designation.

“I am both excited about my certification and honored to be part of an elite group of animal welfare professionals,” Lehman said. “This career is never easy, but I value every experience and look forward to the continued growth of myself as a leader and our organization. We strive to provide an excellent quality of life for dogs whose we care for and provide valuable resources to the community.

The CAWA exam covers best practices in animal welfare with questions on leadership, human resources, finance, fundraising, marketing, administration, and animal care. Achieving CAWA status validates Lehman’s work in animal welfare. This exemplifies his ability to contribute to broader animal welfare conversations in Wayne County and across the country.

Lehman, an Orrville native, began her career in animal welfare in 2007. She has progressed in the field, serving in Wayne and Holmes counties. Lehman was named manager of the Wayne County Dog Shelter when it opened in 2015. In 2019, the role of county dog ​​sitter was added to her responsibilities.

Lehman also sits on the board of the Ohio Animal Welfare Federation and is the Animal Welfare Advocacy Liaison (PAWS) for the Wayne County Dog Shelter.

The shelter is located at 5694 Burbank Road, Wooster. Since its creation, the shelter has welcomed nearly 4,500 dogs. Most dogs are considered strays, loose or abandoned by their owners.

Many shelters across the country, including the Wayne County Dog Shelter, are full. Photos and information about the dogs available on and

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