Celebrating The Susan Carey Cat Advancement Fund

We are honored to commemorate the hard work of Willamette Humane Society’s outgoing Development Director Susan Carey with The Susan Carey Cat Advancement Fund. Thank you for your sixteen years of dedication to our community’s cats and dogs, Susan!

The last thing Susan Carey wanted was a lot of attention for herself. But she loved giving it to others. So after 16 years with Willamette Humane Society, a big retirement party was out of the question. BJ Andersen, executive director, wanted to do something for her, though. And it would be a surprise.

For 12 years, Andersen had seen Carey’s “quiet devotion,” she says. In her roles as executive director and then development director, Carey led the capital campaign for a low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter clinic. She took on the daunting task of developing consistent organizational procedures. And though everyone felt grateful for the volunteer veterinarians, their schedules varied too much, so she hired a vet on contract.

Read the full story in the Oregon Community Foundation’s Community Connections newsletter.