Cat Depot’s Executive Director, Shelley Thayer, has been named the 2017 president of FAAWO; the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations.
FAAWO is a state-wide coalition of animal welfare and protection agencies, dedicated to promoting respect and compassion for all life. Goals include uniting animal advocates in the state, and serving as a unified front for animal welfare.
Ms. Thayer has extensive experience from the animal protection field; prior to Cat Depot, she worked with Best Friends Animal Society, assisting with several major rescue operations and co-authoring rapid response procedures. She has rallied for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, domestic animal rehabilitation, and big cat rescue.
Devoted to giving a voice to those who have none, Ms. Thayer retains her position at Cat Depot where she currently strives for a fifth consecutive no-kill kitten season in the county.
“It is an honor to work beside Florida’s most progressive animal welfare leaders on a state and national level,” said Thayer.
FAAWO Board Members include animal welfare organizations in Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville, Broward County and 9 other locations. Advisory Council Members include the ASPCA, BFAS, HSUS and Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program.
For more information on FAAWO, visit www.faawo.org
About Cat Depot
Cat Depot, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 no-kill, free-roaming facility, is recognized for its progressive design and commitment to helping homeless, abandoned and injured animals. Cat Depot’s mission is to save lives, find loving homes, and provide the resources and education to improve the destiny of homeless cats. Cat Depot supports more than 140 cats and kittens on any given day.
Open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Handicap accessible. The Cat Depot Supply and Gift store is open daily featuring top name brands of cat food and litter, calming products, treats, and unique gifts for cats and cat lovers. Cat Depot is located at 2542 17th Street, Sarasota, Fla. 34234. For more information, go to www.catdepot.org, or call 941.366.2404.