The Bradley County Animal Shelter, now operating under the SPCA of Bradley County, has a new director, beginning today.
Bobbi Anderson of Dayton has accepted the position of shelter director and is now in her new position.
Anderson was unanimously approved by the SPCA board of directors in a special meeting Tuesday night.
The new director was hired from a field of four candidates, of which Anderson was the one “I liked in my gut from the beginning,” according to SPCA President Betti Gravelle.
“She just had the attitude of being a go-getter, and having a passion about what we do here,” Gravelle said.
The new director will receive $30,000 a year.
She fills the vacancy created when former director Jack Cooper resigned from the position two weeks ago.
Anderson comes to the post from dual positions she has held in both Dayton and Madisonville.
She has been working as a veterinary assistant at The Village Pet in Dayton where she bathed dogs, cleaned the facility, assisted with animal rescues and helped with medical procedures.
Anderson has also been employed in the same capacity at Fido Fixers in Madisonville.
Her resume also includes time worked with the Law Country Kennel in Roanoke, Ind.; the Steuben County Humane Society in Angola, Ind.; and the DeKalb Humane Society in Auburn, Ind.
Gravelle said in checking with a veterinarian Anderson had worked with she was told, “She will do you proud.”
Board member and County Commissioner Mark Hall assured Anderson she will have a County Commission which is fully supportive of the shelter.
“I want to assure you that [Bradley County Commissioner and SPCA Board Member] Charlotte Peak-Jones have an open-door policy,” Hall said. “Any issue that concerns you, concerns us. I want you to feel free to call us anytime day or night with any issue that arises.”
Hall said they were open to constructive criticism “because this is all new to us.”
“We’re getting our legs under us and we need you to help us,” Hall said.
Anderson said she was already impressed with the shelter.
“You guys are doing a great job already,” Anderson said. “I am very impressed.”
Peak-Jones took the time to review the protocols shelter workers must use in answering emergency calls.
“There’s a legal avenue to go through,” Peak-Jones said.
She said those having an animal control issue must call 911 first.
Those that call the shelter first will be told to take that action.
Peak-Jones said an officer will evaluate the scene and then contact the shelter if support is needed.
She added the officer would remain at the scene for the full time a shelter worker’s presence is required.
Gravelle announced the shelter would be sponsoring an off-site adoption event at Petco on Paul Huff Parkway on Saturday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.