The Colorado Association of Animal Control provides a trainingscholarship annually in the memory of Nancy Ring (1955-2010) aCAACO past President and an instrumental leader in developing the Colorado State Certification Test for Animal Control Officers. It is in memory of this wonderful and gracious woman, who was a leader in promoting the goals of CAACO and the Animal Control profession, that this is scholarship is awarded.

Purpose: The purpose of this scholarship is to provide opportunities for advanced training for current and future leaders within the Animal Control Field. The grant is to be used for leadership and development courses specifically developing skills in communication, adaptability, vision/strategy, relationships, teamwork, coaching, decision-making, persuasion, and planning.

Amount: CAACO awards one scholarship annually, in the amount of a maximum of $1,000. The amount of the scholarship may change, depending upon available funds and the financial need of the applicant.




Nancy Ring Scholarship


Nancy Ring worked for Summit County Animal Control and Shelter (SCAC) for 31 years. She began her career in the animal welfare field in Kennel Maintenance and worked through the ranks to the position of Director in 1982. During this time Nancy had many visions as to what she wanted SCAC to be and brought most of them to fruition. As with most people in the animal welfare field, Nancy had a great love for animals. Through her leadership, she encouraged Summit Countycitizens to spay and neuter their pets by requiring all pets adopted from the shelter be sterilized. In 1988 the euthanasia rate was 28%. In 2008 the shelter reduced its euthanasia rate to 3% where it remains to day. Uncomfortable with the reality that Summit County citizens had no place to dispose of their beloved pets after they died other than the landfill, Nancy worked to obtain support and funding for Summit County’s Crematory. In 1992 SCAC installed the firstcrematorium that is in service to the community today. During this same time frame, Nancy co-founded a non-profit organization calledLeague for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS).Thisorganization raised money for the crematorium and continues toprovide spay/neuter assistance and pet medical assistance to SummitCounty citizens.

Nancy was very active in statewide animal welfare issues. She was a board member of Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers (CAACO) from
1989-1996 and 2006-2008. During that time she chaired a committee that organized the NACA Conference that was held in Snowmass Village in 1995. She
was also very active in setting up the Colorado State Certification Test for Animal Control Officers.

Nancy served on the board of Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies (CFAWA). With this agency she participated in the pursuit of legislative changes in animal cruelty by testifying before the State Senate and House of Representatives. Because of Nancy’s work and
the testimony of others, the felony aggravated cruelty law was passed.

Nancy was active in working with other shelters on the western slope. She helped in organizing the mountain area shelters to participate in animal transfer programs. Locally, she set up a foster program that has been a great asset in caring for litters of puppies and kittens that would not get the attention they require in a shelter situation. Nancy broadened her scope of animal welfare in obtaining a state wildlife rehabilitators license for SCAC inthe late 1990s. She always made time to take on a nest of baby birds or an injured animal no matter
how busy her schedule was.

In 2000 another of Nancy’s visions came to fruition with the building of the new shelter. Nancy spent numerous years working with county entities and contractors to achieve this goal. For many years after that she was considered by other agencies as the “go-to” person on how to get a new shelter built. Once SCAC moved into the new shelter, Nancy began working on plans to incorporate an in house spay/neuter clinic. Rather than having to transport animals to Denver or local vets for sterilization surgery, instead she set up a contract with a vet who performs these surgeries at SCAC.

Nancy was an active leader in organizing the Community Animal Response Team (CART). She organized volunteer and staff training, shelter and multi-agency exercises, and worked with the Emergency Manager in developing the animal shelter’s portion of the County Emergency Operations Plan. She also obtained a
utility trailer that was outfitted to be our CART trailer. In 2006 Nancy was a committee member with the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and
participated in organizing the first Bio-defense and Animal Emergency Response (BEAR) Conference.

Nancy became a certified Tester/Observer for Therapy Dog Inc. Armed with this knowledge; she organized 4-H groups for hospital visits and worked with local libraries to establish the Reading and Education Assistance Dogs (READ) program. Nancy has also participated as a board member for the Summit County Council for Arts, Timberline Adult Day Care, Troublesome Horse Rescue, and WeCARe (The Western Colorado Animal Resource) which is an organization that is used as a resource on the Western Slope for critical incidents where animal evacuations are necessary.

Nancy was a pioneer in the Animal Control and Welfare community changing perceptions, raising standards and mentoring leaders in the field for 31 years.

*Nancy Ring passed away on 1/17/2010 ending her long battle withbreast cancer.


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Eligibility - Applicant must:

  1. Be a member (in good standing) of the CAACO.

  2. Colorado Certified Animal Control Officer for 3 years, certification must be current.

  3. provide a current resumeor CV.

  4. submit an application.

  5. be interviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Individuals will bechosen for oral interviews based upon the merits of the writtenapplication.

  6. be employed for 3 years in the Animal Control Field.


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