Matt Levien, Director of the Buddy Center

Our Buddy Center in Castle Rock, Colo., is the only full-service animal shelter in Douglas County, which has a population of more than 305,000 residents. As director of the Buddy Center, Matt Levien oversees all operations, programs and services at the shelter, including adoptions, lost and found, pet admissions, animal care, veterinary services and foster care. He is also responsible for managing the Buddy Center’s relationships with multiple local and regional shelters and animal control agencies that contract with the Buddy Center to serve as a holding facility for stray and impounded animals from their jurisdictions.

Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology from Washington State University and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the international testing and certification resource for animal training and behavior professionals. His 10-year career with the Dumb Friends League started with a part-time position at the Buddy Center that turned into a supervisor role, after which Matt transferred to the Behavior department at the Quebec Street Shelter and moved from a technician to the behavior manager there. He was promoted to director of the Buddy Center in April 2015.

Matt and his wife, also a Dumb Friends League employee, have two young boys and share their very full house with two cats and two dogs.