by Dennis Dalman
Vicki Davis, executive director of the Tri-County Humane Society, has accepted a position on the National Federation of Humane Societies.
She was nominated and accepted the position at a recent meeting of the NFHS in Daytona Beach, Fla.
“It’s quite an honor,” she said. “Not just for the Tri-County Humane Society, but for our community as well.”
The NFHS is a trade federation dedicated to representing and advocating for the interest of local animal-welfare organizations, animal shelters, rescue groups and animal-care and animal-control agencies. Its board meets six times each year via conference calls and once each year with all board members present in person.
Davis is one of five members elected this year to serve on the full board of 16 members. Each year, five members are elected or re-elected. Previously, Davis served in another capacity for the NFHS – on its Best Practices Committee.
As a board member, she will help to guide the federation’s direction and focus, using her expertise and knowledge of smaller-sized shelters nationwide, most of which do not have the resources to be state-of-the-art but which want to give the very best up-to-date care and services for animals.
Davis has long been active in a variety of local, regional and national animal-welfare organizations. She is a founding member of Minnesota Partnership in Animal Welfare and serves on its board.
The Tri-County Humane Society, based in St. Cloud, is a private, non-profit, independently operated shelter that shelters and adopts animals by promoting human-animal bonding through practice and in educational outreach programs. Animals arrive at the TCHS through surrenders and transfers from shelters that are full or are less known to the public. Medical services are provided for animals that need them, including spaying/neutering operations, which help hugely in keeping down the populations of unwanted, neglected or abused animals.
Increasingly, the TCHS’s adoption rate has been more and more successful, with up to 80 or more animals adopted in just one week.
Davis attributes that good adoption rate to a support system comprised of staff, an excellent board of directors, a caring community and the many dedicated volunteers.
Vicki Davis with her precious pooch, Abbi.