Foothills Animal Rescue announces Shannon Valenzuela as the new CEO

Shannon Valenzuela is the new Foothills Animal Rescue chief executive officer. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale-based animal welfare agency, Foothills Animal Rescue appointed Shannon Valenzuela as chief executive officer.

According to a press release, the appointment was effective Dec. 19, 2018. Ms. Valenzuela joined the rescue organization in February 2017 and has served as its community outreach coordinator, director of operations and recently as the agency’s interim executive director.

“We conducted a nationwide search and truly found Shannon to be the best qualified. Her dedication to the animals is beyond reproach,” said FAR Board Chairman Kathy Szur in a prepared statement.

With more than 24-years animal welfare experience, Ms. Valenzuela spent more than 20 years at the Arizona Humane Society serving in roles from veterinary technician to director of shelter operations, according to the release.

Before working at FAR, Ms. Valenzuela served as chief operating officer at the Civitan Foundation. She has lots of knowledge pertaining to the care and treatment of shelter dogs and cats, the release added.

“I am excited to be a part of such an amazing and compassionate team. In the new year, we look forward to continued growth and helping the homeless animals in our community,” said Ms. Valenzuela in a prepared statement.

For the past 23 years, Foothills Animal Rescue has been dedicated to reducing the homeless pet population in the community through rescue, care and adoption services, noted the release.

The agency provides a temporary, safe haven to dogs and cats while finding them loving families and permanent homes, the release stated.

In December 2016, the organization moved to Brynne Smith Memorial Campus and Adoption Center, 10197 E. Bell Road in the McDowell Mountain Ranch area of north Scottsdale.


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