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Benerd College
For Degree and Credentialing: 209.946.2683 For Professional Development: 209.946.2424 For Sacramento Programs: 916.340.6155

3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA 95211
3200 Fifth Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817

Testimonials & Awards


"This course is absolutely amazing! I wrote my first grant and got approved for a Maddies Fund innovation grant to help our kitten nursery! Thanks to this course."  - Jennifer Katajamaki

"Completing the Animal Shelter Management program was the first step in advancing my career; it opened up doors and led to opportunities I never would have imagined."  - Betsy Bode, CAWA

"I've enjoyed the classes and learned so much more than I thought I would. It has opened my eyes to the real issues of animal welfare and has reinforced that I'm headed in the right direction by creating a future career in the field." - Cynthia Jaeger

"This course did more than teach me- it shaped me and solidified by desire to work in animal welfare. I will forever value all the knowledge I gained. Since starting the course I landed a job as Adoptions Manager and truly feel like a valuable part of the organization since I have so much information and knowledge to share." - Luba Podolsky

"This has been a great experience and I have recommended the program to a number of my shelter co-workers." - Ann Thomas

"This entire course has been so mind-expanding for me...I have learned so much and can't believe the difference it has made in my perspectives. I now have so many more ideas, tools, and perspectives to offer. It has been and WILL CONTINUE to be life-changing for me. Thank you." - Cathie Kissinger

"I sometimes feel like I am on an island all alone; It was good to hear that other shelters struggle with some of the same issues and concerns that mine does." - Phillip Zimmerman

"Meeting other professionals in the field and learning from their experiences through the WebEx sessions was extremely helpful. All of the instructors were always happy to help with any kind of question. You can tell everyone involved with the program truly wanted it to be a success." - Kristen Switzer

"The program is invaluable to those who want to move forward in the municipal animal sheltering or non-profit animal welfare worlds." - Barbara Vass


The Animal Shelter Management Certificate was recognized at the 2017 West Regional UPCEA Conference as one of the "Outstanding Non-Credit Programs." 

Kyle Harkness with UPCEA CEO Robert Hansen

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