Deputy Angela Walters – NACA’s June Humane Highlight

Deputy Angela Walters
Cheboygan County Michigan

Deputy Angela Walters is currently one of two deputy Animal Control Officers for Cheboygan County Michigan. Deputy Walters has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Lake Superior State University and has been proudly serving her community for the past 15 years.  

In her role she has worked with all kinds of animals including cats, dogs, cows, horses, snakes, pigs, and even a bull. Her office is based out of the Cheboygan County Humane Society where she also helps with filing, data entry, statistics, and whatever else is needed. Deputy Walters is thankful and understand that without the help that the Cheboygan County Humane Society staff she could not do her job to its fullest. When asked about her experience as a NACA members, she had this to say “Being a NACA member has been a rewarding experience for me as I love to learn new things and I have enjoyed many of the training programs that are available through NACA. NACA along with the Justice Clearinghouse have made great strides in helping us ACO’s to improve our game by make training more available for small and/or busy departments to get great education. NACA has helped to ease my mind whenever I start to feel unsure of my knowledge in my field as there is always training available. Thank you so much NACA for all that you do for us ACO’s.” 

When Deputy Walters is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and help with her high school class board, and really likes to dance, paint and read. Thank you to deputy Walters for all you do for the animals, co-workers, and your community!! We are thankful for your dedication and hard work! 

Humane Highlight – Chris Meyer

Chris Meyer
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control Division

Chris is an enforcement Officer for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control Division. He has been in this position for two years. During this period, he has been assigned to several specialized units within the organization from H.A.S.S, Investigations, and E.R.T. His cases range from assisting pet owners within the community in obtaining rabies vaccinations, dog houses, and tethers, to enforcing Animal Cruelty Misdemeanors charges and other City and County ordinances.

Officer Meyer takes pride in serving his community. He believes that enforcement and education go hand in hand to improve animal welfare and community relations. Officer Meyer is passionate about the Organization’s Mission to Animal welfare in both the Shelter and Field environment. He strives to provide support to not only the animals and citizens he serves but also to his coworkers.

Officer Meyer obtained a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has also completed the NCAF Animal Welfare Professional Certificate level I to better himself within the profession.

Prior to his employment with Animal Care & Control, Officer Meyer served over 9 years in the United States Marine Corps and deployed four times during his time in the Marines. He is now a Military Police Officer in the North Carolina National Guard. He has deployed twice for Hurricane assistance.

Officer Meyer is a proud dog dad to the Great Pyrenees named “Bear”. When he’s not at work, he can be found on a golf course or cheering on one of his New York sports teams (Islanders, Yankees, Jets). He has adopted the Charlotte Hornets as his hometown team due to his time working as a Guest Experience Supervisor for the Hornets Sports and Entertainment Organization.

When asked Chris said “Being a member of NACA to me means that I am a member of a passionate and professional group of people who truly care about the safety and well-being of animals in the field and shelter settings. As a member of NACA, I have the ability to become technically and tactfully proficient within the Animal Welfare profession to better myself, my peers, and the community that I serve.”

Thank you, Chris, for the amazing work, dedication, and compassion you show every day! NACA is proud to feature you as the May 2022 Humane Highlight!

April 2022 NACA Humane Highlight!  

Sam Torres
St. Clair County Animal Control

This month NACA is proud to feature member Sam Torres! Sam started volunteering at St. Clair County Animal Control when she first moved to Michigan. She immediately fell in love with the animals, though she is a dog person she loves all animals! As soon as a position opened for hire, she knew this was the right job for her and applied right away. Sam says “I get so much satisfaction when the animals find homes! I now help to network the animals for my facility and volunteer my photography skills at other facilities to help get animals adopted faster.” Last January, Sam successfully received her ACO certification, although I am still working as an animal care tech, she has amazing plans for the future of her career and animal welfare!

Sam noted “being a NACA member means having access to training and opportunities to help better myself in this field. I love learning more and bettering myself.” 

Thank you, Sam, for your hard work, dedication, and compassion for the animals and everyone around you! You are a superstar, and we are proud to honor you as the April 2022 NACA Humane Highlight!  

 

March Humane Highlight

Lorien Clemens
PetHub, Inc

Lorien Clemens is the co-founder and CEO at PetHub, Inc. She joined PetHub in June of 2011 as the start-up was in its beginning stages. She has guided PetHub to its wins of multiple pet industry awards, including two Dog Fancy Magazine Editors’ Choice Awards, the PetAGE Magazine Retailer Silver Select Award, and two Pet Business Magazine Product of the Year Awards for its unique digital ID tags and online services. Most recently, PetHub was named one of Business Insider Magazine’s 50 Coolest New Businesses in America. Individually, Lorien was honored by PetAge Magazine as one of the pet industry’s Women of Influence. She was also named the Pet Industry Network’s 2014 Pet Industry Woman of the Year and was a keynote speaker at their national conference. Nestled in the woods outside of the tech-mecca of Seattle, Washington, Lorien lives with a Boston Terrier, two cats and her husband, a true nerd in his own right and 2 year-old son. An avid fan of science fiction and die hard technophile, she loves investigating new, exciting tech trends and all things geeky and pet related.

For PetHub, we deeply value our membership with NACA and the relationships we’ve built there. As we continue to improve our product and build ancillary support products and systems, the connection with the network of animal control officers has been tremendous. They allow us to better understand challenges faced in the field, and explore solutions on how we can help them overcome those challenges. NACA has also been a great resource that helps us keep a pulse on RTH and animal welfare trends, and the content collaborations we’ve had with NACA and their members for lost pet prevention, recovery and emergency preparedness have been awesome!

February Humane Highlight

Jenn Rauzan
Peoria Police Department Animal Control

I served as a Communications Specialist (911 operator/police dispatcher) for the Peoria (AZ) Police Department for ten (10) years before becoming the department’s Police Community Services Supervisor in 2018. As a Community Services Supervisor, my section manages animal care and control, crime prevention and educational programs offered by the department, and the volunteer program. In addition to Community Services, I serve on the departments Crisis Negotiations Team. Animal control is staffed with five full-time Animal Control Officers. The unit responds to calls of animals disturbing, loose animals, animal cruelty cases, injured animals, and a host of other situations involving domesticated and wild animals. Peoria’s Animal Control Officers are civilian employees authorized to investigate and enforce the Peoria City Codes and ARS pertaining to animals. Our Animal Control Officers are dedicated to providing humane treatment for all animals in their care, and each Officer receives specialized training by the National Animal Control Association in animal safety, handling, first aid, apprehension techniques, and capture equipment. Their shifts are seven days a week in addition to emergency on call after hours. They also host animal wellness clinics for the residents of Peoria with the generous support of Fix.Adpot.Save. . I am privileged to work with Stephen, Samantha, Samuel, Megan, and Brittany five of the most amazing hard-working individuals. Their dedication to the profession and department, customer service, and passion for the job is humbling and I am honored to work with them each day.

I most enjoy the NACA trainings that are offered and personalized for the animal control profession.

Corey Price – NACA’s January Humane Highlight

Name: Corey Price
Agency: Irving Animal Services

Corey Price is the Animal Services Manager for the City of Irving, Texas. She has been serving people and animals in Irving since 2014 and she says it’s the most rewarding and impactful job she has ever had. Prior to working in Irving, Corey spent more than 20 years working for non-profit animal welfare organizations including the Helen Woodward Animal Center in California, the Dumb Friends League in Colorado, and the SPCA of Texas.

While working at the SPCA of Texas, Corey assisted with several large-scale animal cruelty seizures, including the US Global Exotics case in 2009, which is still the largest seizure of animals in US History – more than 26,400 animals. These cases became a passion that led her to seek a job in the government sector where she could be more directly involved in field work.

Corey has been a leader in developing collaborative strategies to improve animal welfare across Texas, and nationwide. She coordinates an informal network of government animal services managers across North Texas who meet regularly, conduct region wide events, and help each other with urgent needs. Corey was a founding board member of Texas Unites for Animals and helped create one of the nation’s largest regional animal welfare conferences, which brings together non-profit shelters and rescue groups, and governmental shelters, to tackle animal issues from all angles. She also serves as a board member for the Association for Animal Welfare advancement, as a voice for governmental animal welfare organizations. Corey’s collaborative approach also launched the nation’s largest pet adoption event, Clear the Shelters, in partnership with NBCUniversal and Telemundo television stations. In 2022, Clear the Shelters will be in its 8th year, and to date, the event has resulted in more than 750,000 adoptions.

Corey has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Colorado State University. She shares her home with her husband and a geriatric Boston Terrier named Jack. She is also a proud mother of two adult sons who both live locally.

Being a member of NACA is about having access to training specifically designed for field work. It is also about networking with other animal services professionals and camaraderie.