Roice-Hurst Humane Society welcomes new executive director, Anna Stout
ABOUT ROICE-HURST HUMANE SOCIETY
Roice-Humane Society was established in 1963 as a nonprofit organization to provide safety, shelter and care for homeless dogs and cats in Mesa County. It is located at 362 28 Road in Grand Junction. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Adoption fees for dogs and cats range from $25-$199 and includes up-to-date vaccinations, spay or neutering, micro-chipping, a heartworm test, preventative deworking treatment, 30-day free health insurance and a free health exam from a partnering veterinarian.
Can’t adopt a pet or have one? Roice-Hurst is always looking for volunteers to help with dog care (walking, grooming, socialization), cat care (socialization or grooming) or office/clerical work. If interested in volunteering, applications will be available starting mid-August after restructuring.
For more information, http://www.rhhumanesociety.com
When an executive director position opened at Roice-Hurst Humane Society, Anna Stout knew she was the right fit for the job. It is the perfect blend of her two biggest passions — nonprofits and animals.
“I think this year will bring a lot of exciting improvements,” Stout said.
Stout has worked with nonprofits for more than a decade including starting her own nonprofit when she was 19 years old — Foundation for Cultural Exchange.
Roice-Hurst’s board of directors has taken a new direction with its organization to not only meet its existing needs, but to expand its opportunities to the community. That’s where Stout’s position comes into play.
“The board has charged her with looking at what’s going on with the organization right now,” said Sonya Foster, board president. “We don’t work there every day, and don’t see what the opportunities on the ground level. Anna is there to assess what’s going on and create those opportunities.”
Stout plans to help form a structured volunteer program, create relationships with the community, be a source of education for the community, host promotions for animal adoptions and improve operation efficiencies.
One of the ways she hopes to connect with the community is to provide information in caring for pets, why vaccinations are important, and even more specific topics like training and behavioral issues.
“What’s so great about Roice-Hurst is that it’s a pillar of the community,” Stout said. “It’s respected, beloved and very cherished by the community. But in reality it is a business and needs to be run with business acumen.”
Stout explained the way animals are cared for is great, but needs help on the business end of things to make sure Roice-Hurst will be open another 50 years.
“We are really working hard on structuring the volunteer program,” she added. “I think that will make it a fulfilling experience for volunteers and ensure volunteers are being used how they should be.”
When it comes to animal adoption, she hopes to create more unique specials every month to encourage folks to adopt pets. Roice-Hurst is currently hosting “feline Fridays,” where all cats cost $15 to adopt on Fridays until the end of August.
“We hope to make it an interactive adoption experience,” Stout said.
Foster has already seen improvement to the nonprofit.
“She is doing a fantastic job and she has gone in full force with her high energy,” she said. “The board can’t express what she has been doing and looking forward to the future of Roice-Hurst and the pets.”
To learn more about Roice-Hurst, visit http://www.rhhumanesociety.com.
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