Carol Boudreau, shelter operations manager at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus, and former executive director of the Door County Humane Society (DCHS), announced on Jan. 30 that she is retiring.
On Jan. 1, 2018, DCHS officially became part of the larger WHS to ensure continued operations for the animals and families of Door County. At WHS’s request, Boudreau had agreed to stay in her leadership role through the immediate transition to provide continuity for staff and volunteers.
“We are grateful to Carol for her hard work in making the merger happen, and also for staying on during the last several weeks to ensure a smooth transition,” said Anne Reed, president & chief executive officer of WHS.
When Boudreau took over leadership of DCHS in 2015, the organization was facing significant challenges. Boudreau tackled financial problems and worked steadily with donors to reduce the mortgage balance. She worked alongside staff and volunteers, caring for about 750 animals each year.
Through this work, Boudreau saw a way to provide permanent stability for the work of DCHS. She led the negotiations for the organization to become part of WHS, resulting in sustainable support for Door County’s animals and families. The transaction resulted in no job losses for any staff, with greater job stability.
“The acquisition has already had a wonderful impact,” said Boudreau. “The shelter’s mortgage has been paid off, staff have attended training not previously possible, several animals have received behavioral and/or medical care unavailable before the acquisition, and improvements are being made to information technology and infrastructure.”
Boudreau’s last day will be Feb. 9, but she has agreed to serve as an ongoing resource, if needed.
“I’m so thankful to the dedicated staff, board, and volunteers whom I’ve worked alongside these past few years,” said Boudreau. “I will miss everyone, but I can confidently retire at this point because I know that Door County’s animals and families are in good hands with the Wisconsin Humane Society.”