Meet the new director of Colorado Animal Rescue
Wes Boyd took over as executive director of Colorado Animal Rescue on Nov. 16 after longtime director Leslie Rockey moved to Colorado Mountain College as the animal resource manager for the veterinary tech program. Rockey had been the first and only director of CARE since 2000.
Boyd said his love for animals and connecting them with their future owners is what drives him to do all that he can for the animals — not only while they are up for adoption but for the rest of their lives as well.
“I’ve always wanted to help other animals and the people who love them,” said Boyd.
The Post Independent did an interview with Boyd to get to know him and get an understanding of what his plans are as the new director of CARE, which is located across from the CMC Spring Valley campus south of Glenwood Springs.
Question: Where are you from?
Answer: I’ve been in Colorado my whole life. I grew up near Durango, in a little town called Pagosa Springs; a small rural community not much different than Glenwood. I went to college on the Front Range in Greeley and spent about 10 years in Fort Collins.
I had been in Steamboat for the last three and a half years, and call Glenwood home as of a month ago. The community has been wonderful, very welcoming; I love the pace of the town and just all of the different things we’ve got going on. I’m a big outdoorsman and love mountain biking in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. So I couldn’t feel more at home.
Q: What are the main goals you have for CARE?
A: Firstly, I’d like to continue the standard of excellence that CARE has set for the animals of Garfield County. It’s our number one priority to do our best for the animals, give them every chance at a wonderful life.
Q: Were there any goals that CARE was already working on that you want to continue or change?
A: The major focus for us is increasing community involvement. Serving the citizens of Garfield County and their pets as well as we possibly can. Then some increased partnerships with other animal organizations around the state and even nationwide.
Q: What is some of your background in working with different organizations, including animal rescue?
A: I’ve been running businesses for quite awhile. Many, many years as a manager in hospitality, and my love for animals brought me to some volunteer work with the Routt County Humane Society in Steamboat Springs. I served there as vice president of the board and was a big part of our transition to managing the city shelter of Steamboat.
Q: What do you love about animals?
A: I’ve always wanted to do my best to help other animals and the people who love them. What I love the most about the position at CARE is how well we serve both the animals, their owners and future owners. So it’s our goal to really make that a great match for people and the pets. It brings me a lot of fulfillment to know that we’re bringing those two loves together and creating a bond that will last the animals’ lifetime.
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