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City Begins Search for New Animal Services Director

Monday May 13, 2013

Justin Scally accepts a top job at American Humane Association

Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that he will begin an immediate search for a new director of Metro Animal Services, following the news that Justin Scally has accepted a new leadership position in Washington D.C.

“Justin and his team have done an incredible job on starting the transformation at animal services — staff morale is up, improved relationships have developed within the animal welfare community, kennel wellness has drastically improved, live release rates have increased, euthanasia rates are decreasing and facility improvements have been made,” Fischer said. “My administration will be looking for a new leader who can continue that transformation to make Louisville’s animal service department a national model. Our entire city thanks Justin for the significant improvements the past two years.”

Scally announced today that he’s accepted the role of National Director of American Humane Association’s Red Star Emergency Services in Washington D.C. The move puts Scally closer to his family in his native Maryland.

Red Star has led hundreds of domestic and international emergency efforts following such disasters as the Great Ohio River Flood of 1937, the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Haitian and Japanese earthquakes, the Joplin tornado, and Superstorm Sandy.

”I’m grateful for the amazing opportunity to serve the citizens and animals of the Louisville community. It was a pleasure to work with the staff and volunteers of Animal Services as well as our community partners to help the voiceless victims of Louisville,” Scally said. “I accepted the new position with a heavy heart, but I look forward to the beginning of a new journey in animal protection on a national level.”

Lori Redman, president of Kentucky Humane Society, said Scally made a noticeable difference.

“Justin immediately started cultivating relationships throughout the animal welfare community,” she said “Along with Alley Cat Advocates, Louisville Metro Animal Services and KHS were selected as a partner community with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Justin’s willingness to work together along with his tireless efforts on behalf of the animals is infectious. Together, we have created a solid foundation and a vision for improving the lives of homeless animals throughout our community. The work he has done in his short time will have a lasting impact.”

Sadiqa Reynolds, Chief of Community Building, said the search for a new director will start immediately and that no interim director will be named.

“The transition should be seamless with the very capable leadership team in place,” Reynolds said.

Assistant Director Donald Robinson will be responsible for daily activities including shelter wellness, staff supervision, safety and maintenance. Margaret Brosko, Senior Manager of Special Initiatives and Communications, will continue to oversee the daily operation of the Animal House adoption facility as well as all adoption events and community outreach/volunteer and foster programs.

“We will continue with the local and national partnerships that have been solidified under Justin's leadership and will work hard to forge others,” Reynolds said. “We plan to have a new director in place as soon as possible.”