Bonney Brown, the new Executive Director of the Nevada Humane Society.
Join us in Welcoming our New Director
After a nationwide search, the Board of Directors of the Nevada Humane Society is pleased to announce the selection of Bonney Brown, currently of Kanab, Utah, as the agency’s new Executive Director.
Ms. Brown was the Chief Operations Officer for Best Friends Animal Society, the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless, abused, and neglected animals, and a leader in the national No Kill movement. The No Kill movement seeks to unite private shelters and animal control agencies in a partnership to end the killing of savable homeless pets through spay/neuter, adoption, foster care, working with rescue groups and the use of volunteers.
While at Best Friends, Ms. Brown helped lead the agency through a period of dramatic growth, to a $23 million per year budget and 300 employees. She was also the national director of Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets campaign to help communities and shelters nationwide end the killing of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in shelters. She has worked extensively with both private shelters and animal control agencies including some of the largest and best known in the nation.
Recently, Ms. Brown has been assisting Philadelphia Animal Care and Control, the fifth largest animal control agency in the country, reduce the killing of homeless cats by organizing volunteers, and revamping the agency’s response procedures.
“I am very much looking forward to working with and getting to know the community,” said Ms. Brown. “The Nevada Humane Society has the opportunity to lead the No Kill effort in the area and together, with Washoe County Animal Services, make it a model for the rest of the nation.”
Ms. Brown also led a rescue and relief effort in the New Orleans area in 2005 following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. On behalf of Alley Cat Allies, she brought a team to the area, rescued cats from abandoned homes and on the streets, set up a disaster relief shelter and was instrumental in reuniting pet cats with their owners who fled the area and were forced to leave their pets behind, as well as finding new homes for those whose owners could not be located. The effort also resulted in the sterilization and care of hundreds of feral cats, as well as training for New Orleans and Gulfport, Mississippi animal control officers on the rescue of homeless cats.
Finally, Ms. Brown has also run a shelter, and comes from a background in the retail industry. “We are delighted to have found Bonney,” said Brad Lencioni, the Chair of the Board of Directors. “She brings a wealth of business and shelter experience, and will lead our effort to becoming a No Kill community.”
“Bonney’s skills and experience speak for themselves,” added Jon Killoran, a NHS Board Member who chaired the Executive Director Search committee. “But what impressed all of us most was her creativity, commitment and the passion she has for saving the lives of homeless animals.”
Ms. Brown will begin her stewardship of the Society on February 1st.