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Nick Walton

Manager of National Shelter Support

Best Friends Animal Society

Nick Walton is the national shelter support manager for Best Friends Animal Society, providing leadership and training for strategic shelter partners across the country. Through Best Friends’ municipal and shelter support program, Nick conducts professional shelter operations and field assessments, and leads progressive, humane training sessions for animal control agencies and officers.He joined Best Friends as the behavior and training coordinator for the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Atlanta, but prior to that he was an animal control officer and cruelty investigator for Fulton County Animal Services through LifeLine Animal Project. Through this work, he served as Fulton County’s primary field training officer, providing professional training and development to new officers and cultivating a community-oriented approach to animal services in order to help Atlanta become a no-kill city.Nick’s many years of experience as a dog trainer and behavior specialist, combined with his commitment to keeping pets safe at home through proactive neighborhood engagement, have resulted in a deep expertise in and love for community-based lifesaving. Once known around town as “the dog food man,” he has a reputation for building trust and key relationships with lasting positive effects for both pets and people.