AHS’ Officer Sam Cintron named Animal Control Officer of the Year

October 11, 2023

AHS Animal Control Officer Sam Cintron named the 2023 National Animal Care and Control Association’s Officer of the Year!

We are proud to announce that our Animal Control Supervisor, Sam Cintron, has been named as the 2023 National Animal Care and Control Association’s (NACA) Officer of the Year!
“This recognition is a testament to his dedication, exceptional expertise, and outstanding contributions to our field,” NACA says. “This achievement reflects not only his individual accomplishments but also the positive impacts he has made on his community and the broader animal care and control field. Officer Cintron serves as an inspiration to all of us, reminding us of the incredible difference that one person can make.”

“Receiving this award is an incredible honor for me. The reason behind my passion for animal welfare is deeply rooted in me, and I have always been determined to help animals in need. I am thrilled that my efforts to combine my love for animals and my community have been recognized. Educating the younger generation is one of my top priorities, and I hope to continue doing so. Winning this award has motivated me to push myself further and keep learning and growing as I help my community. Thank you, NACA for this honor.”

Sam Cintron

Animal Control Supervisor

Check out what some of Sam’s colleagues have to say:

“There isn’t a better caregiver, handler, and communicator of animals that I’ve seen in my life. I’ve watched him control the rowdiest of animals and restore an animal’s trust in humans with the way he approaches and nourishes the animal’s insecurities and fears. I couldn’t recommend a better person who’s not only handled the rescue of the animals with better poise and confidence but also with love and a genuine desire to restore these animals to a better habitat and quality of life.”

“Sam is a dedicated animal control officer who truly cares not only for the animals but the community he serves. He is diligent about educating children about the importance of compassionate animal care and reminding them that ACOs are helpers and not someone to be afraid of. He checked in on his fellow co-workers during difficult times, and always made a point to check up on the animals he saved.”

Sam has been with the organization for less than a year and in that time has touched the community with his kindness, educated the community on proper wildlife care practices, and has saved countless lives. Sam, congratulations and continue the amazing work! We are so proud to have you on our team.

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