Kevin Ryan Takes the Helm at Nevada Humane Society

by Diane Blankenburg

When Bonney Brown and I decided to launch Humane Network, a non-profit animal welfare consulting organization, earlier this year, our top priority was to help the board of directors find someone who could take over the leadership of Nevada Humane Society (NHS) and ensure that the lifesaving efforts realized over the last six-plus years would flourish.

There were hundreds of applicants with various degrees of qualifications as the board looked for the perfect fit. Fortunately, for the organization, the community, and mostly the homeless pets, Kevin Ryan emerged as the top candidate and has now taken the helm at NHS as its Chief Executive Officer.

Kevin is the former Executive Director for Pet Helpers in Charleston, South Carolina and has extensive experience in animal welfare and non-profit organization leadership. Most recently, he helped lead a South Carolina initiative that dramatically increased lifesaving for dogs and cats—boosting the save rate in Charleston County from 37% to 77% while growing the income for Pet Helpers by $1.5 million.

I have had the pleasure of getting to know Kevin through the recruiting process and during the last three weeks in his new post as CEO of NHS. He is an energetic, intelligent, dynamic person who is 100% committed to the lifesaving of homeless pets. “I am honored to join the talented and passionate team at Nevada Humane Society and am looking forward to continuing and enhancing the work being done,” said Kevin.

As I have said many times, I could not have been more proud to serve this community and its animals that depend on us. We have been very fortunate to have had Bonney Brown’s leadership for so many years—leadership that helped make Washoe County one of the safest communities in the country for homeless pets with a 94% communitywide save rate for dogs and cats.

I am now so very proud to have Kevin Ryan in that leadership role where I know he will take Nevada Humane Society to even greater heights. So please join me in welcoming Kevin to our community!

Note: Kevin Ryan will join Bonney Brown and Diane Blankenburg in writing this column. Kevin’s first edition will be next week.

Events that Help Animals

Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Drive at Nevada Humane Society through January 1. Adopt a pet and help reach the goal of finding homes for 1,200 pets. Special adoption fees are $50 for most adult dogs and fees are waived for adult cats. Shelter located at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno. Open 11:00 am to 6:30 pm daily and 10:00 am to 6:30 pm Saturdays.

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