Humane society taps new executive director  

Chelsea Bower
The humane society has announced Chelsea Bower will become the organization's next executive director. (Photo courtesy HSNCF)

After a nationwide search, the Humane Society of North Central Florida (HSNCF) announced that Chelsea Bower will become the organization’s new executive director.  

Bower previously served as associate director of the humane society. According to a HSNCF press release, she has over nine years of experience working in the animal welfare community in Alachua County. 

HSNCF said Bower’s background in social sciences will help strengthen its relationships with people who care for pets in the community and the services HSNCF provides. 

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“I am incredibly honored to be given an opportunity to move into a new role at HSNCF as executive director,” Bower said in a statement. “I am proud of the work we do for the pets and people who are for them. I deeply believe in our dedicated team of fosters, staff, volunteers, and supporters and am confident we will continue to make incredible progress for the animals of North Central Florida.” 

HSNCF began in 2018 when the leadership of the Alachua County Humane Society, Gainesville Pet Rescue, and Helping Hands Pet Rescue decided to join forces permanently. 

The organizations merged in order to streamline pet services, eliminate any duplication, maximize the community’s resources, and improve the animal-saving abilities of the region. 

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Elizabeth Howard

I’ve known Chelsea Bower for several years now through my work with a non profit animal care group in our community. Chelsea is someone who knows about hands on helping. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty, especially when she is petting a dog or cat. I am sure she will continue to inspire her staff, volunteers and clients.

Last edited 1 month ago by Elizabeth Howard