Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Humane Society gets new leader

Posted By on Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 4:20 PM

A really cute puppy. Oh, and also, Jan McHugh-Smith.
  • A really cute puppy. Oh, and also, Jan McHugh-Smith.
The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, which provides animal services to Colorado Springs and Pueblo, has named its new CEO.

Jan McHugh-Smith is the organization's first female CEO. She replaces the retiring Dr. Wes Metzler, who led the organization for nearly 20 years.

Here are the details:


The Organization’s First Female President & CEO Begins Her Tenure

Colorado Springs — The 60 year old Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is pleased to welcome its first female President & CEO, Jan McHugh-Smith. McHugh-Smith comes to HSPPR from San Francisco, CA where she served as the President of the San Francisco SPCA. During her tenure there, McHugh-Smith increased adoptions 20 percent and oversaw construction of the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center, which houses a veterinary hospital, spay/neuter clinic and shelter medicine program. Prior to joining the SF/SPCA McHugh-Smith served as the CEO of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley for 12 years.

“I am thrilled to be back in Colorado, working with an organization that has such a long standing legacy of caring for the animals in this region. It is an honor to serve as the first female CEO,” said McHugh-Smith.

McHugh-Smith is a prominent member of the animal welfare community and a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA). She chairs the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) and serves on the board of the CATalyst Council. McHugh-Smith was also a contributor to the landmark Asilomar Accords, which set uniform standards for reporting shelter statistics.

McHugh-Smith has said that she will continue the organization’s mission of saving as many lives as possible with innovative programs, community education and spay and neuter as top priorities.

Board Chairman, Dan O’Rear said “The Humane Society is thrilled that Jan is on board. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. Her vision will be a tremendous asset for our entire community — and especially for the animals that we care for.”

The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is the largest animal shelter in southern and western Colorado, serving 34,000 animals a year in both Colorado Springs and Pueblo. This 60-year-old private, non-profit offers community services including humane education, volunteer opportunities, the CATS.N.I.P spay & neuter program, and a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program for feral cats

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