Wenatchee Valley Humane Society Announces New Executive Director

Taylor Sharp
WENATCHEE, WA- Wenatchee Valley Humane Society (WVHS) has announced Taylor Sharp as the new Executive Director. 
Sharp has worked in animal sheltering/welfare in various capacities for over ten years, starting with cleaning kennels and walking dogs at shelters in the Midwest. She began work with Best Friends Animal Society (BFAS) in 2015 where she held various roles, but spent most of her time as Pacific Regional Specialist. In this time, she worked with over 400 shelters/rescues to enhance lifesaving efforts including creating community cat programs, community outreach, grant oversight, board alignment, coalition building, SOP creation, ordinance work, Animal Control Officer training, and more. 
In 2019, Sharp was selected as Maddie's Fund Executive Leadership Fellow as a Fellow at Humane Society Silicon Valley, the only shelter in the country to be designated a model shelter by completing all 543 standard-of-care guidelines put forth by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians to give animal welfare organizations a roadmap to improve their care of animals. As a member of the Executive team, she led the creation of community programs and end-to-end stakeholder experience design.
Sharp is also a co-founder of the Pet Alliance of Washington (PAW), a statewide organization designed to bring shelters together and increase Live Release Rates (LRR) in Washington state, and currently serves as secretary. Before her journey to Wenatchee, Sharp worked to support dozens of shelters through the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide and helped them navigate the rapid changes it had on animal shelters. 
"I am honored to join the talented and passionate Wenatchee Valley Humane Society team at a time when WVHS has both a strong foundation and ambitious plans to further our mission,” Sharp said. “I want to express my gratitude for Dawn's incredible leadership over the past decade. With the support of an amazing staff, dedicated volunteers, and generous donors, the growth WVHS has made during her tenure is truly inspiring." 

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