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IMHS’ new shelter director gaining traction in job

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Move from Arizona brings new climate, lifestyle

By Daniel Laverty

Carrie David, the new shelter director for the Intermountain Humane Society, has not only been getting settled at her new organization, but also acclimatizing to mountain living.

“I had my first experience driving in the snow,” David said, referring to last week’s subzero temperatures and heavy snow. “I was going pretty slow and was probably irritating a lot of drivers here because I still have my Arizona plates on my car.”

David was hired as shelter director at IMHS after Marta Anderson left for Texas in September to help care for her mother. David’s first day was Nov. 20.

Based in Pine Junction, IMHS cares for animals and offers programs that promote animal health and responsible pet ownership.

Although David talked about her winter-driving skills with a smile, the Arizona native said caring for animals is something she takes seriously.

“I’ve always been very passionate about animals,” she said.

After working and volunteering at various veterinary offices and animal shelters in Tucson and Phoenix, David heard from a friend about the opening at IMHS.

“I looked at IMHS, and it seemed like a perfect fit,” David said. “I liked that (IMHS) is so passionate about helping animals … and I really liked that they specialize in helping dogs with special and behavioral needs.”

With David’s background in veterinary practices, she plans on getting more out of the shelter’s medical capabilities.

“I really want to strengthen the medical part of our shelter,” she said. “We have great equipment that was donated, and I really want to recruit more vets to volunteer.”

David realized she wanted a career helping animals when she began working as a receptionist at an animal clinic. She started volunteering at local shelters and walked dogs when she wasn’t studying for her animal certification courses.

“I wanted to learn everything,” she said. “I knew I wanted to go into and pursue a career helping animals.”

Before caring for animals, David studied musical theater at the University of Arizona until she realized “there’s really no use for a theater degree.”

“Theater has always been a big passion for me,” David said.

“I love the outdoors,” she said, referring to another passion. “I’ve never been snowboarding, but I’d love to try.”

David said she’s eager to get involved with the community and that acting in some of the mountain area’s theater groups might be in her future.

“I’m obviously pretty busy with my new responsibilities here at the shelter,” she said. “But maybe one day. I’m always a big supporter of local theater.”

The self-proclaimed animal lover made the move with her three dogs, Hunter, Lucy and Samantha.

“When I was little, I used to write research papers on why I should have a guinea pig and give them to my parents,” David said.

The research efforts were rewarded when her parents gave David her first pet, a guinea pig named Butterfinger.

David said the transition to IMHS has been smooth thanks to staff, volunteers and board members.

“Everyone has been so accommodating,” David said. “Even before I moved out, (the staff) was calling me and offering advice on where to live and what to do. It blows me away the commitment and investment our volunteers put into our organization.

“I encourage anyone who has questions or concerns to stop by and talk to me,” she said. “Call or e-mail me. I’m a big supporter of running a transparent shelter and organization. I plan on being honest and will lay everything out on the table for anyone who has questions.”

For more information about IMHS, visit www.imhs.org, e-mail info@imhs.org, or call 303-838-2668. The shelter is at 67318 U.S. 285 in Pine Junction.

Contact Daniel Laverty at Daniel@evergreenco.comor at 303-350-1042. Follow him on Twitter at @LavertyReports.