John Thompson is the Executive Director and CEO at the
National Animal Care & Control Association. Previously, after a 30 year law
enforcement career, retiring as chief of police, he served as the Deputy
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the National Sheriffs'
In 2013, after learning about the link between animal
abuse and violence against people, Mr. Thompson went on a mission to ensure law
enforcement became aware of this horrible evidence and to bridge the gap
between law enforcement and animal advocates. He lead a movement that
established the National Coalition on Violence Against Animals, an independent
collective of local, state and national organizations that focus on animal
cruelty and its relationship to other forms of violence. Additionally, he
established and led the development of the National Law Enforcement Center on
Animal Abuse, a clearinghouse at the NSA for law enforcement on all animal
abuse issues they may face.
Mr. Thompson also led the NSA's petition to the FBI to
include animal abuse crimes in the National Incident-Based Reporting System
(NIBRS), which was approved and signed by FBI Director Comey in September 2014.
Currently, he is working to bridge the large gap between animal care & control
professionals and law enforcement, he has been on a mission to spread the word and help them find ways to work cohesively on animal issues. He continues to help law enforcement
understand the linkages between animal abuse and human abuse, as well as
enhancing the careers and profession of animal care professionals throughout
He has been recognized nationally for his work in changing the perception of law enforcement. Thompson was named one of the Animal Legal Defense Fund's, Top Animal Defenders and receive the Humane Society of the United States', Humane Leadership award. Most recently he received the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Medal.