Willamette Humane Society Announces Betsy Bode as Operations Director

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Betsy Bode, CAWA
Betsy Bode, CAWA, with Tela

(Salem, OR) – Willamette Humane Society (WHS) is delighted to announce to our community that Betsy Bode, CAWA, has accepted the position of Operations Director.
As a former eight-year employee of Animal Allies Humane Society in Duluth, Minnesota, Bode has a deep commitment to the cause of animal welfare and to the mission of Willamette Humane Society to provide compassionate services to pets and people.
Bode brings invaluable experience operating Duluth’s shelter with a high-volume spay & neuter clinic and a live-release-rate over 96% for dogs and cats.  Her focus as Operations Director at Willamette Humane Society is to maintain a high quality of care and raise the live-release-rate for animals, fine-tune customer service practices, and increase the transparency of the shelter.  “Part of being a humane organization is being as open as we can be about the animals in our shelter and their outcomes” Bode said, “Willamette Humane Society is making great strides in continually improving our quality of care and providing this information to our community, and there will be much more to come in the near future.”
Bode’s hire also means that Willamette Humane Society now has two staff members with the prestigious CAWA certification, including Executive Director BJ Andersen.   The CAWA certification program, administered by the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), distinguishes top-level executives and managers working in nonprofit and municipal agencies for their knowledge, experience and expertise.  CAWA candidates must meet strict eligibility requirements in leadership, management, and animal welfare experience and successfully pass a rigorous exam, developed to meet the highest competency standards.
Bode lives with her husband, Luke, whom she met twenty-two years ago at Carleton College, along with her dogs Ringo, and Tela, and cat Suzy.  She enjoys traveling, attending concerts, and is excited to partake in the beauty and culture that Oregon has to offer.
At first glance, Bode is impressed by the level of community support, sizable volunteer base, and friendly staff at Willamette Humane Society.  She points to these factors along with the staffed behavior specialists, veterinarians, and Spay & Neuter Clinic as key resources for raising Willamette Humane Society’s overall save rate above 90% for dogs and cats.  “Keep an eye on Willamette Humane Society” Bode says, “our community is achieving wonderful things through their support of sheltering, behavior, and medical programs, and that ongoing support will save increasingly more lives every year.”
Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties, Oregon. In 2014-2015, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,255 pets and 65,417 people.  WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training — and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 1,100 volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.