Vice President of Field Services
A 20 –year veteran in animal welfare, Chris Schindler is the Vice President of Field Services for the Humane Rescue Alliance, where he directs HRA’s Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Control divisions.
One of the nation’s experts on animal crimes, animal fighting and emergency response, Schindler comes to HRA from the Humane Society of the United States where he served as the Director of Animal Cruelty and Fighting for HSUS and Humane Society International. During his 10 year tenure at HSUS, he led their efforts against animal fighting, resulting in the nation’s most significant takedowns of those engaged in this horrific activity. His work made it possible for thousands of animals to be rescued and the most heinous of perpetrators to be prosecuted. Schindler also directed HSUS national investigations on animal cruelty, puppy mills and equine animal cruelty as well as led the field responses on major disaster response throughout the country.
During his tenure at HSUS, Schindler worked on strategic national and international animal cruelty investigations, compiled intelligence and maintained a comprehensive database on known or suspected animal fighters, which was instrumental in helping law enforcement and prosecutors make their cases in court. Schindler has also consulted with and educated local law enforcement agencies on the signs and substance of animal cruelty and fighting operations. He has worked extensively with the FBI and other federal law enforcement agents on interstate cruelty, abuse and neglect cases.
Schindler is a native of the Washington, DC region and he spent three years as a senior law enforcement officer and field supervisor for the Washington Humane Society from 2004 to 2007.