NEWINGTON, Conn. (December 3, 2013) – The Connecticut Humane Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathleen Riley and Theresa Geary have been hired as the new Shelter Medical Director and Director of Operations, respectively.
Dr. Riley will direct the Society’s medical staff and animal care teams in delivering the medical care to the shelter animals and in managing the health practices in all three of the Society facilities. She will also provide medical and surgical care to prepare animals for adoption, as well as preventive care, to ensure that the pets live in a clean and safe place while they await adoption into new homes.
Dr. Riley is a graduate of Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and has an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also completed the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She spent the last three years working at North Shore Animal League on Long Island. Dr. Riley currently lives with her dog, Casey, and Fergal, her tuxedo cat.
Theresa Geary will be responsible for directing and overseeing the daily operations at the three Connecticut Humane Society shelters in Newington, Waterford, and Westport. This includes animal care, pet intake, adoptions, medical care, behavioral care, and facilities maintenance.
Theresa earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut in Animal Science and worked as the VP of Operations at Dumb Friends League in Denver, Colorado. The DFL is known nationally for its innovative work within the Denver metro area and for its leadership with the American Humane Association and the Humane Society of the United States. Prior to working in Denver, she was the Director of Operations at the Center for Animal Care and Control in NYC. Theresa has also worked at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society of Boulder, and the Larimer Humane Society. She has always had a connection with animals and has developed a great deal of compassion for people who were either severing a bond with a pet or starting a bond. “Both are important as they leave a lasting impact on the person and the pet,” said Theresa.
Filling these positions with such experienced and talented staff will help the Connecticut Humane Society to propel itself into new program areas.
About the Connecticut Humane Society
The Connecticut Humane Society is the leading resource in the state for companion animal welfare, enriching the lives of families and communities through adoption services, medical care, education, and prevention of cruelty.www.cthumane.org.