American Humane Association Names Dori Villalon Vice President of Animal Protection

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Dori Villalon has joined the American Humane Association as vice president of animal protection, a position in which she will help further American Humane’s efforts to end the abuse and neglect of animals and support the animal welfare agencies that serve them.

Before coming to American Humane, Villalon was vice president of the San Francisco SPCA. Her extensive experience in animal welfare also includes positions as director of Sonoma County (Calif.) Animal Care & Control, executive director of the Cleveland Animal Protective League, executive director of the Larimer Humane Society in Fort Collins, Colo., and associate director of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colo. Villalon holds a bachelor’s degree in animal welfare management from Sonoma State University.

Said Villalon, “I'm looking forward to leading the American Humane animal protection program and focusing my 20-plus years of industry experience to empower people and save lives. We are going to develop and expand programs that are relevant and accessible to the animal sheltering community, and augment what is currently offered on the national level by reintroducing the unique energy and perspective that American Humane is known for.” 

“We are extremely pleased that Dori is bringing her vast amount of animal welfare expertise to American Humane in this vital capacity,” said George Casey, American Humane’s interim president and CEO. “As a nationally recognized, progressive leader in that field, she will be instrumental in establishing American Humane as the nation’s most highly regarded animal welfare organization and most valuable resource for those who work tirelessly on behalf of abused, neglected and homeless animals.”

About American Humane Association

Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from cruelty and abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

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