Dr. Apryl Steele, President and CEO

The challenges involved in animal welfare, both at the Dumb Friends League and throughout our greater community, are becoming increasingly complex. At the same time, the opportunities for saving more pets’ lives are greater than ever. As President and CEO, Dr. Apryl Steele and team are charged with developing and coordinating strategic innovations and solutions, along with achieving our mission of ending pet homelessness and animal suffering. From a collaborative and people first viewpoint, she oversees operations, development, communications, finance and administration for the Dumb Friends League and Colorado Humane Society & SPCA.

A dynamic leader, as well as a practicing veterinarian in Denver for 18 years, Apryl has extensive knowledge of our community and animal welfare. She is a past president of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and the Animal Assistance Foundation. Apryl is currently on the Board of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, serves in the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates, is a member of Hill’s Shelter Advisory Board and the Cat Friendly Council. She has served on the boards of PetAid Colorado and the Dumb Friends League. Apryl is a veteran of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps.

Apryl and her partner Kim share their home with two dogs, Mister and Reba, and three cats, Karou, Rufous and Empress Von Digit.