by Emily Klehm
Lee Ann Shenefiel was the interim chief animal services officer for the Austin Animal Center, a nationally recognized leader in animal sheltering that saves more than 97 percent of the nearly 17,000 animals it takes in each year.
Lee Ann has more than 14 years of leadership experience in public service. In Austin, she previously served as Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer and managed Animal Protection, Outreach and Prevention Programming, and the center’s Volunteer Program.
Before moving to Texas, Lee Ann, a Virginia native and graduate of the College of William and Mary, was an assistant director for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter where she oversaw intake, adoptions and business services and helped to develop policies and programs that helped the shelter achieve a more than 90 percent lifesaving rate for the first time.
Lee Ann was recognized with the 2016 Lifesaving Award from Austin Pets Alive! for enhancements to shelter operations and programs. She is a member of the National Steering Committee for Best Friends Animal Society and has presented at numerous conferences, including the Humane Society of the United States Animal Care Expo 2017 and American Pets Alive! Conferences in 2016 and 2017.