Municipal and Shelter Support Program Coordinator
Anna Walton is the municipal and shelter support coordinator for Best Friends Animal Society, providing logistics support for strategic shelter partnerships and programs across the country. Through Best Friends’ digital learning efforts, Anna creates educational content for a full range of interactive online training and tools to support field services professionals.Before stepping into her current role on the shelter support team, she worked as the community cat program coordinator for Best Friends in Atlanta. In Atlanta she mentored municipal shelters and rescue partners in the Southeast, worked with commissioners and government leadership, and led grassroots efforts to update county ordinances to ensure thecontinuation of trap-neuter-return programs for Cobb County's community cats.Prior to joining Best Friends, Anna served as an animal control officer and dispatcher for Fulton County Animal Services through LifeLine Animal Project in Atlanta. Before diving into the animal protection and sheltering world, she worked as a wildlife care supervisor for Aware Wildlife Center, where she oversaw the rehabilitation of wild animals, trained and managed volunteers in animal care and developed fundraising and community engagement programs. While completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Emory University, Anna traveled to northern Tanzania through the school for international training to study human-wildlife conflict, animal behavior and the wildlife conservation movement. She also managed to pick up a bit of Swahili.