About

Anna Walton, municipal & shelter support coordinator

Anna Raines bioAnna 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 trainings and tools to support field services professionals. 

Before stepping into her current role on the shelter outreach team, Anna worked as the community cat program coordinator for the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Atlanta, Georgia. As part of that work, she mentored municipal shelters and rescue partners in the Southeast, worked with commissioners and government leadership to establish best practices for local animal control agencies, and led grassroots efforts to update county ordinances to ensure the continuation 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. While she was an ACO, Anna managed Fulton County’s Doghouse Program, providing humane support for pets and proactive assistance to community members in underserved areas. Before diving into the animal protection and sheltering world, Anna 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. While she was at Emory University, she had the pleasure of studying alongside a renowned primatologist, Frans de Waal.

When she’s not busy coordinating lifesaving logistics for the shelter outreach team, Anna is usually home on her small farm in Griffin, attempting to develop her gardening prowess and wrangling a small fuzzy and feathered entourage that includes two senior pit bull terriers (Effie and Dan), a Chihuahua named Nugget, seven chickens and a not-so-feral-anymore barn cat named Mary.