Meet the Ontario SPCA’s new Vice President of Shelter Operations

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is worked up to welcome Sonya Reichel as its new Vice President of Shelter Operations! 

Sonya beforehand led the Georgian Triangle Humane Society as their Govt Director, demonstrating outstanding dedication and management. She efficiently launched a capital marketing campaign and has performed a pivotal function in rising sturdy adoptions and volunteer applications, showcasing her dedication to group engagement and collaboration. 

In her new function, Sonya will oversee the shelter operations of the Ontario SPCA’s 13 animal centres and the Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre. She is going to work carefully with our Shelter Well being & Wellness crew to offer look after our animal residents and drive ahead our dedication to offer the absolute best assist for the animals in our care.  

We sat down with Sonya on her first day on the Ontario SPCA to get to know her higher. Right here’s a glimpse of the who she is! 

What attracted you to the place of Vice President of Shelter Operations with the Ontario SPCA? 

Leaving my function on the Georgian Triangle Humane Society was a really troublesome resolution. I’ve shaped shut relationships with lots of the workers and volunteers who work there – it simply looks like residence! When seeking to the Ontario SPCA, I used to be interested in the group’s Strategic Imaginative and prescient and Plan, its values, and its crew! 

What are you most enthusiastic about engaging in in your new function? 

I’m excited to fulfill the parents who work in animal welfare throughout our province and study from them. With so many animals that want care and assist, I’m curious in regards to the challenges individuals are dealing with, and I need to merely take heed to those that are deep within the trenches. As soon as I’ve carried out my homework, I’m certain I’ll have a greater thought round find out how to reply that query! 

How will you assist animals because the Vice President of Shelter Operations? 

I consider strongly that compassion for animals is rooted in compassion for individuals. Due to this fact, my job in supporting as many pets as attainable in our animal centres will probably be to take heed to our individuals and create or assist environments by which they’ll thrive. 

Inform us a couple of profession achievement regarding animals that you simply’re most happy with? 

I consider strongly that, in our ever-evolving world, it is advisable be comfy difficult the established order to make sure that you’re making a marked impression on those who want you. To that finish, I’m very happy with the Entry to Care applications that we launched on the Georgian Triangle Humane Society in 2018, most particularly our Emergency Medical Help Program. It was a brand new program, with out an current template to comply with, that fairly honestly was a bit scary to launch – even when we felt strongly that it was a necessary service for pet dad and mom. Thus far, a whole lot of pets have stayed with their households throughout emergencies as an alternative of needing to be re-homed – and that simply warms my coronary heart! 

Do you’ve any animals of your individual? 

I’ve two superb pets – Mara, a two-year-old Northern canine that we adopted in December of 2021. She is the sweetest canine in the entire world. We even have Blinks, a 12-year-old black cat that I discovered underneath a porch when he was two weeks previous. I bottle fed him for weeks and he’s now the boss of the home, recurrently telling Mara what to do and guaranteeing we give him common cuddles and meals. 

Inform us one enjoyable truth about your self.  

I like horseback using! I trip 4 to 5 occasions per week at a barn positioned simply up the highway from me. It retains me wholesome and blissful – serving to to ease the stress of adverse days and proceed to benefit from the therapeutic energy of the human-animal bond. 

We want Sonya all one of the best on this new function, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to the Ontario SPCA household. Fascinated by becoming a member of the Ontario SPCA crew? Go to our employment web page to see present job alternatives.  

Sonya with kitten

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