Lisa, Veterinary Assistant
Joined IHA: January 2013
I have loved animals for as long as I can remember. When I was young, I was very shy and quiet. I found animals much safer and easier to be with than people. I remember going to friends’ farms and seeing all the kittens…most of them sickly and thin. It made me so sad and frustrated. Wasn’t there some way to prevent this suffering? There was…spay and neuter. Then about 5 years ago, I agreed to foster and bottle feed some newborn orphaned kittens from a friend’s farm. I thought, “No problem, I’ll find homes for them. They are adorable kittens!” That’s when the reality of overpopulation became obvious to me. No one wanted a kitten. Why? Because there were kittens everywhere! The shelters were overflowing, strays were everywhere. So now I have the foster kittens that I wasn’t sure I could find homes for. One of them is Georgia (who is pictured with me). I love them very much, but they were a huge reason I reawakened my passion to try and do something about pet overpopulation and suffering.
Then I heard about the IHA clinic that would be opening soon. I had no experience, just a huge desire to help animals and make a difference. They took a chance on me and hired then trained me. I feel extremely fortunate I was given the opportunity to work here. The people I work with all share the same passions and desires to make a difference that I’ve felt since I was young. They are all very hard working, kind, fun and dedicated people. I love the animals but my faith in people was also restored by working here. I realized there is a huge number of people out there trying to help make a difference. We work hard and the days can be long, but the feeling at the end of the day that I have played a role in making a difference in the pet overpopulation problem makes me feel amazing.
Jennifer Doll, DMV
Joined IHA: January 2013
Growing up I always had an affinity for animals. I LOVED doing chores and getting messy, much better than housework, which my older sister was stuck doing. I was attached to the cats and dogs, and their babies. I can’t explain why I am drawn to animals. I can go all week working with them, but end up seeing a dog at someone’s house and insisting on saying hi or petting him. Animals are honest. I appreciate that. I love pretty much any animal.
My favorite part of my job is knowing the more wild, or barn cats, will be healthier at this same time next year. When I had the mobile unit I loved seeing the crazy, scrawny cats of the year before, now much mellower and thriving.
There are many things which prepared me for my role at IHA. I already did regular private practice Veterinary medicine for 8 years outside Seattle, WA. I also have done years of work at shelters where euthanasia of healthy animals happened almost daily during the heavy puppy and kitten season. I was part of it at one shelter, euthanizing a mom cat, then her kittens, broke my heart. That is when I decided I would do what I could to make euthanasia of healthy animals unnecessary.
Lori, Office Manager
Joined IHA: October 2014
I like all aspects of my job with IHA, from entering animals, to invoicing the animals to the phone appointments. I enjoy working with people to help them get their pets spayed, neutered and vaccinated and to see the smile on their face knowing that their pet will be healthy. I love working with animals and have 20 years’ experience in Customer service. I enjoy working with clients to give them an understanding of vaccinations and the importance of spaying and neutering their animals to keep them healthy.
Shelby, Veterinary Technician
Joined IHA: July 2015
My favorite part about my job is knowing that we are able improve the quality of so many animal’s lives through spaying and neutering. It is an amazing feeling to be a part of a hardworking team that is able to make such a big impact for animals in our community as well as the communities that we are able to reach out to.
Kathleen, Development Director
Joined IHA: September 2011
There are so many reasons why I LOVE working at IHA! Our work here is making a positive impact for animal welfare in the community and it is extremely rewarding to be able to actually have solutions to offer animals and their people. I get to work every day for the thing that I am most passionate about! My days are rich and full.
Joined IHA: January 2013
Executive Director of IHA
During my career in animal welfare, I had worked at two municipal shelters and saw the full spectrum of animal care. I held the role of veterinarian technician, volunteer coordinator, humane investigations officer, adoption counselor, natural disaster rescuer, and cared for thousands of cats and dogs.
I was working in Upstate New York when Mary phoned and asked me to come work at Iowa Humane Alliance. Mary said that the clinic was scheduled to open in 8 weeks and that 5,000 surgeries would be performed in the first year. I thought, WOW, how amazing. I did a little research on high quality, high volume, low cost spay/neuter clinics and everything suddenly became so clear. Somewhere around 12,000 surgeries performed, I became the Director of Clinic Operations. Currently I am the Executive Director of IHA, overseeing all—and we’re just over 28,000 operations.
Sam Wilson, Program Coordinator, Joined IHA: May 2015