Anna Neubauer, CAWA, Director of the Quebec Street Shelter

At 14 years old, Anna Neubauer started working at a veterinary clinic and volunteering for a local animal welfare organization in northern California. Those early experiences—along with a passion for promoting the human-animal bond—formed the foundation for her career, including her current work as director of the Quebec Street Shelter for the Dumb Friends League.

In this capacity, Anna oversees six departments—Customer Care, which includes adoptions at the shelter and at our offsite adoption partner locations (Petco and PetSmart), Pet Admission & Evaluation, Animal Care, Transfer, Behavior and the Call Center—and a staff of approximately 78 at the organization’s main facility in Denver. The Quebec Street Shelter received 16,532 cats, dogs and small pets in fiscal year 2014.

Anna earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Colorado State University and is currently in her final year at the University of Colorado–Denver, where she is obtaining a master of public administration degree in nonprofit management, and is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator. Prior to joining the Dumb Friends League in 2010, Anna was clinic director at the Fort Collins Spay/Neuter Clinic in Fort Collins, Colo., as well as co-founder of Fort Collins Cat Rescue. Her previous positions at the League included veterinary services manager for three-and-a-half years and 18 months as director of veterinary services.

Anna and her husband have two children, two dogs (Millie and Murdoc) and three cats (Sweet Pea, Mama Kitty and Romeo).