If you have had the pleasure of meeting Anna Neubauer, our new vice president of operations, you may know that her experience in animal welfare did not begin with the Dumb Friends League. Before joining the League as the manager of veterinary services eight years ago, she worked in veterinary medicine, animal sheltering and co-founded Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Spay and Neuter Clinic, where she stayed for five years. During her time here, Anna has tackled challenges in a variety of different roles.
Outside of her work with the League, Anna keeps herself busy. She has two children and a few pets at home, including her most recent foster fail, Douglas the Bulldog. In addition to this, Anna is an instructor at Colorado State University in the professional science master’s program, Zoo, Aquarium and Animal Shelter Management, teaching a course titled Leadership in Animal Organizations. Anna might have a lot on her plate, but she doesn’t seem to mind. “I enjoy staying busy, spending time outdoors and spending time with my kids” she says.
Still, the transition to the vice president role has not been without its own challenges. “There is a broader scope of strategic planning, and I now find myself spending more time looking at the bigger picture.” Before becoming a vice president, Anna was the League’s director of operations. The new role sees her more closely involved with not just Quebec operations, but also the Buddy Center “It’s been going very well. I really enjoy what I’m doing.”
In addition to the typical, transitional challenges that come with a change in responsibilities, Anna finds herself having to adapt to her new role in the middle of a large construction project. This is no small feat as the construction at the Quebec Street Shelter is the highest budget construction project the League has ever undergone. However, at the end of it all, the League’s largest companion animal facility will go from having 84,000 square feet of space to 111,000 square feet. “Definitely one of the goals for the upcoming year is successfully transitioning the team into the new space,” she said. “I think we’re all really looking forward to the increased kennel capacity and increased efficiencies available with the new space.”
Moving forward, Anna is excited to “continue to solidify an already strong, collaborative team” and getting to “enjoy our beautiful new space” by the end of the construction project. In terms of her vision for the League in the future, Anna believes that the organization will continue to grow and become a larger resource by continuing to engage with the community, collaborate with human service groups and expand relationships with other animal welfare organizations.
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