DBCHS names executive director

Published 2:26 pm Saturday, July 25, 2020


News release

The Danville-Boyle County Humane Society (DBCHS) Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of Kari Kuh as their new executive director effective July 20. Kari is a communications professional with over 10 years of experience in nonprofit public relations, development, and community engagement.

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“It’s an honor to join DBCHS in this leadership role,” states Kuh. “We have an outstanding board of directors, passionate volunteers, and a truly supportive community. I look forward to building on the already strong foundation by securing more resources to support the animal-human bond and further improve outcomes for companion animals in Danville-Boyle County.”

“We are ecstatic to have Kari join our leadership team,” says Fizzy Ramsey, DBCHS board president. “Kari brings experience developing marketing campaigns and creating community engagement and education plans utilizing her creative powers, something we’ve been lacking without a director,” states Ramsey, adding, “Another important and meaningful detail is Kari’s true understanding of our mission and a proven commitment to furthering our goals.” 

The Danville-Boyle County Humane Society is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization formed in 1972 to help the many abandoned and unwanted domestic animals in Boyle County. Charlotte Bateman (now deceased) was the driving force behind the creation of the DBCHS. 

The facility made some grand improvements, opening the new Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center in December of 2016, made possible by their late director, Kathy Nelsen, a supportive community and the Board of Directors. 

The shelter has since added opportunities for animal enrichment on site which has improved adoption outcomes and made for happier, healthier animals. The length of stay for both dogs and cats has been dropped by half in the last year, and euthanasia is at an all time low. Hundreds of community owned pets continue to be spayed and neutered each year through grant funding helping to decrease the number of unwanted litters. 

The Mission of DBCHS is to promote the humane treatment of companion animals through sheltering, adoptions, community education, and spay/neuter programs. The organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors working in cooperation with the Boyle Fiscal Court to operate the animal shelter. 

Funds are solely generated from individual donations, fundraising events and grants. To learn more about DBCHS, visit the organization’s website at www.dbchs.org or follow them on Facebook.