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Woods Humane Society’s executive director steps down 

Jill Tucker.

Woods Humane Society’s Executive Director, Jill Tucker, has announced her resignation and is moving into the position of CEO for the California Animal Welfare Association (Cal Animals). The transition will take place in March. Under Jill’s leadership, Woods Humane Society has expanded its impact for animals through a facility expansion, a merger with the North County Humane Society in Atascadero, and an opening of SLO County’s first public spay and neuter clinic. During this time, the organization has also more than tripled its lifesaving capacity by dramatically increasing animal intakes and adoptions.

“It has truly been an honor to lead this exceptional organization and dedicated team over the past 4 years,” says Tucker. “With an unwavering commitment of doing what’s best for the animals, our board, staff, volunteers, and community have come together to provide care, resources, and placement to more animals than ever before. I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished and excited to see the organization continue to grow and prosper in its mission and impact.”

In her new position as the Cal Animals CEO, Jill will have an opportunity to lead collaborative efforts to support the success of animal welfare and sheltering organizations throughout the state of California through the facilitation of trainings, legislative advocacy, and coordination of lifesaving resources. Cal Animals was formed in 2018 through a merger between California’s two statewide animal‐welfare associations: California Animal Control Directors Association and State Humane Association of California.

“Jill has provided exceptional stewardship of the organization during her time here,” said Board President, Charlene Rosales. “Under her vision and compassionate guidance, Woods has significantly grown its number of dog and cat adoptions, the number of participants benefiting from education programs, and the number of residents served in San Luis Obispo County by our recent expansion into Atascadero with the spay/neuter clinic.” Rosales continues, “It’s no surprise to us that she is a recognized leader in the animal welfare industry throughout the state and we wish her much success as she continues working in this field, advocating for the excellent care and sheltering of animals and supporting other humane organizations in California.”

Woods Humane Society is in a strong position with exceptional programs and broad‐based community support. A national search will take place to find a highly‐qualified new leader. For more information, visit

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