COTTONWOOD -- The Adopt for Life Center for Animals (Verde Valley Humane Society) is once again looking for a new director. After a year at the Verde Valley Shelter, Gary DeGeronimo has left the position to assume a more permanent role for the Hairy Animals Foundation, an organization that trains Golden Retriever dogs to work with autistic children.
DeGeronimo had been a volunteer trainer for the organization for several years already.
Adopt for Life President Kyla Allen said the change is a "bit of a downer, but the shelter is now doing a very good job, and we are not going to backslide."
The organization has already begun recruiting for a new director. "We have already received applications from candidates who have held similar positions. We are focusing on candidates who are not only good with animals but also have strong skills in fundraising and public relations."
Allen says the organization has been able to reduce its red ink by about 50 percent of the original $70,000 a year ago and "continue to work our way out."
She credits DeGeronimo with giving the shelter back a good public face. "He did a massive amount bringing that face back to the public and did wonderful fundraising. Gary is a good guy and brought a lot of know-how to the shelter. We are now in a position to have another place to go and step up. Like other non-profit organizations, Adopt for Life has struggled through the recessionary years."
Allen says there is not a fixed deadline for the director's post, but the position will remain open until filled.
At the same, time, the President says Adopt for Life is accepting letters of interest from individuals who would like to volunteer their service on the seven member Board of Directors. The term is for a 2-year period.
"If you have a passion for our homeless pets and want to do something to help, please think about joining the Board of Directors at the Adopt For Life Center For Animals," said Allen.
Submit your letters of interest to Kyla Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can leave a message at the Center at 928-634-PETS (7387).