Animal Friends Rescue Project

Pacific Grove, CA

Executive Director

m/Oppenheim Associates is assisting Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) in the search for a new Executive Director. For more information, please review the complete Position Description.

AFRP seeks a dynamic, experienced and hands-on Executive Director passionately committed to its mission, able to lead the agency through its next phase of deliberate growth, sustain its high standards for animal rescue, take the lead in individual and major gift fundraising, and find a new headquarters location in the area. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will provide the overall leadership, direction, strategy and vision for AFRP, its programs, staff, volunteers and outreach to funders and partners with a hands-on style. The ED directs the day to day operation of the interests and facilities of the organization including public relations, personnel management, liaison with government and civic organizations, and financial management.

In 1998, long time pet supplies store owner Kelly Lehrian with 3 other animal lovers created Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to be a safe haven for the most at-risk animals in the local animal shelters in order to reduce euthanasia for animals needing medical care, time to grow, come out of their shells or just needing more time to find new homes. Now in its 18th year of operating successfully from its base in Pacific Grove, California, AFRP has stayed true to it’s mission of finding good permanent homes for abandoned, stray, and abused companion animals and ending the pet overpopulation crisis through targeted spay/neuter programs. Each year, AFRP provides a safety net for approximately 900 dogs (through adoption and transport), over 800 cats and dozens of rabbits each year. AFRP partners with local animal shelters and rescues in our tri-county area to rescue animals that do not stand a chance of survival in the shelter by providing minor and major medical care (including spay/neuter, behavior training, and placing the animals in good permanent homes. AFRP relies on 400+ volunteers, the support from passionate donors and local business sponsors in the community to provide these life saving services.

AFRP’s main adoption center is currently in Pacific Grove, CA, with satellite adoption sites at Pet Food Express in Carmel and Petco in Monterey.

For additional information, please contact David Santore at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.

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