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WHEREAS, the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) is committed to setting the standard of professionalism in animal welfare and public safety through training, networking, and advocacy; and
WHEREAS, NACA has designated the second full week of April each year as Animal Care and Control Officer Appreciation Week; and
WHEREAS, animal care and control professionals dedicate their lives to the health and safety of at-risk and helpless animals; and
WHEREAS, animal care and control professionals work to rescue and protect animals from injury, disease, abuse, and starvation; and
WHEREAS, federal, state, and local government officials throughout the nation take this time to recognize, thank, and commend all animal care and control professionals for the dedicated services they provide; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes and commends animal care and control professionals for the many dedicated, long hours of service they perform, and for fulfilling the commitment to providing the highest and most efficient level of customer service;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize April 11-17, 2021, as ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL APPRECIATION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.