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American Humane Association Names Dori Villalon Vice President of Animal Protection

Friday, June 25, 2010 General News J E 4
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DENVER, June 24 Dori Villalon has joined the American Humane Association as vice president of animal protection, a position in which she will help further American Humane's efforts to end the abuse and neglect of animals and support the animal welfare agencies that serve them.

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Before coming to American Humane, Villalon was vice president of the San Francisco SPCA. Her extensive experience in animal welfare also includes positions as director of Sonoma County (Calif.) Animal Care & Control, executive director of the Cleveland Animal Protective League, executive director of the Larimer Humane Society in Fort Collins, Colo., and associate director of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colo. Villalon holds a bachelor's degree in animal welfare management from Sonoma State University.

Said Villalon, "I'm looking forward to leading the American Humane animal protection program and focusing my 20-plus years of industry experience to empower people and save lives. We are going to develop and expand programs that are relevant and accessible to the animal sheltering community, and augment what is currently offered on the national level by reintroducing the unique energy and perspective that American Humane is known for."

"We are extremely pleased that Dori is bringing her vast amount of animal welfare expertise to American Humane in this vital capacity," said George Casey, American Humane's interim president and CEO. "As a nationally recognized, progressive leader in that field, she will be instrumental in establishing American Humane as the nation's most highly regarded animal welfare organization and most valuable resource for those who work tirelessly on behalf of abused, neglected and homeless animals."

About American Humane

Founded in 1877, the Denver-based American Humane Association is the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals from abuse and neglect through public policy, education and services reaching a wide network of organizations and advocates. Programs include raising awareness about The Link® between violence to people and violence to animals, as well as the benefits derived from the human-animal bond. The organization is also known for "No Animals Were Harmed,"® the end-credit disclaimer seen on film and TV productions. American Humane® Certified is the nation's largest and most highly regarded independent standards and certification program for farm animal welfare. American Humane earned the Independent Charities of America's "Best in America" Seal of Approval and is an American Institute of Philanthropy "Top-Rated Charity." Learn more at www.americanhumane.org.

SOURCE American Humane Association
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