The Board of Directors of Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) is pleased to announce Jocelyn Bouchard has been named the new Executive Director, effective December 26.
Bouchard brings a wealth of experience to her new role. Working in animal welfare for more than 30 years, she has served the industry in a variety of capacities, from veterinary medicine, to building volunteer teams, to fundraising and development, to operations, and has led animal shelters in an executive role since 1999.
The Board of Directors conducted a national search in August which generated 150 applicants. In addition, YHS requested input from the community through a survey regarding future leadership for the organization, which provided valuable insights such as 60 percent of respondents agreeing that the new leader should have at least nine years of experience in animal welfare leadership.
“After an extensive interview process with a number of highly qualified candidates, the Board and the YHS leadership team was thrilled to bring Jocelyn on board. Her experience, knowledge of the animal sheltering industry, and vision for the future made her the ideal choice for YHS and our community,” said Jerry Kipp, Board President. “The positive response and sincere interest from a wide pool of talented professionals is a true testament to the good work YHS is doing as an organization.”
Bouchard joins YHS from the Hawaiian Humane Society where she was Director of Operations, contributing strategic insight, implementing progressive ideas supporting more than 23,000 homeless animals on Oahu each year, and overseeing the build of a $10 million capital improvement project. Prior to the Hawaiian Humane Society, Bouchard headed the Maui Humane Society as CEO for 11 years, where she created financial stability and significantly decreased animal euthanasia to the lowest rate in the organization’s history—a benefit to the 9,000-plus pets admitted to the shelter annually. She has been a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators since 2005.
Bouchard says of her new appointment, “It is a real honor to be offered the opportunity to carry on the great work that Yavapai Humane Society does in the community. I am truly looking forward to working with the talented and dynamic individuals that make up this wonderful organization and I am confident that together we will continue to provide excellent programs and services to Yavapai County’s citizens and animals.”
Since 1972, YHS has advocated for animal welfare in the Prescott area and currently maintains contracts for animal sheltering services with Yavapai County, the City of Prescott, and the Town of Prescott Valley. It currently operates facilities housing nearly 3,500 cats, dogs and equines annually; provides lifesaving medical and behavioral programs for homeless animals; and extends low-cost spay/neuter services to the public in an effort to reduce pet overpopulation, among many other programs to support pet owners.