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Lisa LaFontaine

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Disaster Preparedness: How Working Together Saves More Lives

As Hurricane Dorian overwhelmed their shelter, the staff members of the Humane Society of Grand Bahama desperately stacked crates of cats and put dogs on any high surface they could find as flood waters poured into their shelter. It was only when the water reached their necks that the heroic employees pulled one another into a small crawl space in the attic. They listened to the cries of the animals in their care as the water level grew higher and higher. Then, there was silence. Those of us... Read More
at Friday, September 13, 2019

Pit Bull Bans Have No Place in a Humane Community

Just over twelve years ago, when I was interviewing for the job of CEO for the Washington Humane Society (WHS) in Washington, DC, I was given a tour of the New York Avenue shelter. When we walked in the front door, I saw a family sitting with their pit bull/boxer-type dog. I smiled when I saw him because he reminded me so much of my own dog Nicholas. The shelter I was running in New Hampshire cared for so many dogs who looked like this, and it always made me feel good to walk through my... Read More
at Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Creating a Culture of Collaboration in Animal Welfare

Like many who work in animal welfare, I started in a different industry. I began my career as the Director of Communications for a small insurance company in New Hampshire. Through a series of strategic alliances and mergers, that small insurance company grew into a national company with eight subsidiaries in 47 states. With every merger, we took the best elements of each of the companies, invested in their growth, and left the underperforming parts of each organization behind. The result was a... Read More
at Monday, July 8, 2019