Dr. Gary L. Weitzman Appointed President of San Diego Humane Society and SPCA
12:34 PM, Tuesday, February 28
The Board of Trustees of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA announced that it has appointed Gary L. Weitzman, D.V.M., M.P.H., as its new president and CEO. Dr. Weitzman most recently served as the president and CEO of The Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) and has more than 20 years of experience as an animal welfare professional, veterinarian, and community advocate.

The San Diego Humane Society began a formal search for a new president and CEO in September 2011, led by interim president Dr. Judith T. Muñoz, as well as former and current members of the Society’s Board of Trustees. “We received a number of resumes from highly qualified applicants,” said Dr. Muñoz. “The Search Committee and the entire Board of Trustees are pleased that we were able to attract a candidate with Dr. Weitzman’s level of experience, talent and passion. He will be instrumental in fulfilling the San Diego Humane Society’s mission, particularly as it continues to grow, expand its community services and increase the number of animal adoptions.”

Board of Trustees president, Fred Baranowski, had this to say: “Dr. Weitzman is an ideal president, capable of leading the Society as it works to broaden and diversify its impact in the communities it serves, while assisting more animals and their owners. And, as a licensed veterinarian in the state of California, Dr. Weitzman can provide valuable clinical insight as the Humane Society focuses on delivering additional services to its growing number of shelter animals, such as a new veterinary hospital at the North Campus in Oceanside.”

Dr. Weitzman will begin in his new role as president in mid-May.

"It is an incredible privilege to be chosen to serve as the next president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society," Weitzman said. "It’s among the most impressive animal welfare organizations in the country; located in a community that is passionate about their animals and the level of care they receive. I’ve had the opportunity to lead an animal welfare organization through a period of unprecedented growth, and I look forward to all of the potential that a large organization, like the San Diego Humane Society, will bring. I am energized by the challenges this organization has committed to taking on and I’m eager to work with the highly qualified staff, dedicated volunteers, the generous donors and the San Diego community that care so deeply for the animals."

Weitzman currently chairs the DC Board of Veterinary Medicine. He was appointed director of The Washington Animal Rescue League’s Medical Center in 2004, and became president and CEO in 2008. Following a $4 million renovation, the nearly century-old shelter was transformed into an impressive animal care facility. During Weitzman’s tenure, the Rescue League has become a national resource for disaster and puppy mill rescues and a recognized leader in animal physical and behavioral rehabilitation. As a proponent of collaboration between animal welfare groups, Weitzman has been instrumental in guiding the Rescue League into becoming a major resource for other animal shelters. Since 2008, he has co-hosted The Animal House, National Public Radio’s nationally distributed program that explores the latest in animal science, pet health and behavior, and wildlife conservation.

Weitzman’s prior experience includes serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1993 to 1997, and he owned and operated a community-based small animal hospital in Burlingame, CA from 1997 to 2003. Dr. Weitzman holds a B.A. degree in Biology and English from Colby College in Maine, a Masters in Public Health degree in International Health from Boston University’s School of Public Health, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is licensed as a veterinarian in the states of California, Colorado, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia, and is also a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA).

About the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA: Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. The Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals.

As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, the Humane Society operates campuses in both San Diego and Oceanside and is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store, and small fees for services. For more information, or to see current animals available for adoption, please visit: www.sdhumane.org

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