TorI Williams, Director of Shelter Veterinary Services

Tori Williams came to the Dumb Friends League almost three years ago from the Richmond SPCA, where she worked for more than six years in various roles, including the director of their low-cost vet hospital, which also provided spay/neuter and medical care for shelter and animal control animals.

During college breaks from Longwood University, Tori worked at a veterinary hospital where she developed her love for animals while creating connections with those who dedicate their lives to caring for them. Tori’s dog, Lemon, a 3-year-old rescue pup with a severe underbite and facial scars, increased her love for animals who are timid, scared and considered less attractive. “I want to see those animals learn to trust humans again, and those humans to feel fulfilled and supported throughout the intense work they do every day,” said Tori.

Now, as director of shelter veterinary services, Tori said, “I am excited to be part of strategic recruitment and retention efforts for the veterinary professionals that are so needed in the field of animal welfare. My goal is to not only help those people expand professionally, but work to make the team as a whole grow.”

In addition to Lemon, Tori is also the grown-up HK, an 8-year-old generously sized cat. In her spare time, Tori enjoys hiking, running and finding a beach somewhere in the world to visit, which she blames on being from the East Coast! She also likes taking Lemon through the mountains of Colorado and trying to find the point at which she will actually take a nap afterward—although, to date, no mileage seems to be long enough!