Humane Society is Pleased to Announce New Executive Director

Posted Feb 27th, 2013 by Cyndi Condit  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Following an extensive national search, the Toledo Area Humane Society is pleased to announce that Gary Willoughby II has been selected as the new Executive Director, effective March 20, 2013.

Mr. Willoughby II has a long history of growing organizations and taking on the challenges of fund development. He brings with him a wealth of management experience, including 14 years of non-profit management. Most recently, Mr. Willoughby II served as the President and CEO of the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare in Aiken, South Carolina. Since joining the SPCA Albrecht Center in 2007, he has managed a successful adoption program, a spay and neuter clinic, various humane education programs, and resale shops whose proceeds benefit the mission of the SPCA Albrecht Center. He also created Phideaux University, a comprehensive training program designed to help dogs with behavioral issues find forever homes quicker and have a higher chance for success once in their new home. Mr. Willoughby II also oversaw the organization’s successful fundraising campaign for and transition to a new shelter facility, which opened in September, 2012.

“We are very excited to welcome Gary to the Toledo Area Humane Society family” said Teresa Beebe, TAHS Board Chair. “His previous experience and proven success at leading an animal welfare organization, along with his proven track record of developing creative programs and services will make him a tremendous asset to the TAHS team. We are confident that Gary’s passion for animals, along with his forward-thinking and willingness to roll up his sleeves will help take the Toledo Area Humane Society to the next level, while continuing to lead our community in animal welfare.”

“I am very excited to join the Toledo Area Humane Society” said Mr. Willoughyby II. “This is a wonderful organization with a rich history, a dedicated board of directors, passionate volunteers, generous supporters, and a quality staff that I am honored to lead into the next chapter of their history. I look forward to doing everything possible to make a real difference in animal welfare in Northwest Ohio.”

Mr. Willoughby ll is a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), South Carolina Animal Care and Control Association, Rotary Club of Aiken. He holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management, a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, graduate certificate in Gerontology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He has also served as a volunteer and/or board member for various animal welfare organizations over the past 20 years, including the Animal Refuge Center, Friends of Strays, Saint Bernard Rescue of Florida, Central Florida and Northeast Florida Great Dane Rescue. In addition, he created and ran the largest home-delivered meals for pets program in the state of Florida. He also created an online college course on pet therapy for Florida Gulf Coast University. Prior to joining the SPCA Albrecht Center, his management experience included roles focused on serving the needs of the geriatric population and later, managing a public transit system.

Mr. Willoughby and is wife, Meghan, are eager to return to this region. Mr. Willoughby is originally from Ypsilanti, Michigan and Meghan is originally from Buffalo, New York.

The Toledo Area Humane Society is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am – 7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 6pm. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization they are committed to the welfare of animals by providing temporary shelter and care while seeking permanent homes. Donations from local individuals, corporations and monies generated by fundraisers and earned revenue are a major source of funding for the Toledo Area Humane Society. For any questions please call 419-891-0705 or visit www.toledoareahumanesociety.org. Like us on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/ToledoHumane.

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