Meet the Ontario SPCA’s new Vice President of Shelter Operations


The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is worked up to welcome Sonya Reichel as its new Vice President of Shelter Operations! 

Sonya beforehand led the Georgian Triangle Humane Society as their Government Director, demonstrating exceptional dedication and management. She efficiently launched a capital marketing campaign and has performed a pivotal function in rising sturdy adoptions and volunteer packages, showcasing her dedication to group engagement and collaboration. 

In her new function, Sonya will oversee the shelter operations of the Ontario SPCA’s 13 animal centres and the Provincial Canine Rehabilitation Centre. She’s going to work carefully with our Shelter Well being & Wellness workforce to supply look after our animal residents and drive ahead our dedication to supply the very best assist for the animals in our care.  

We sat down with Sonya on her first day on the Ontario SPCA to get to know her higher. Right here’s a glimpse of the who she is! 

What attracted you to the place of Vice President of Shelter Operations with the Ontario SPCA? 

Leaving my function on the Georgian Triangle Humane Society was a really troublesome choice. I’ve shaped shut relationships with most of the employees and volunteers who work there – it simply looks like house! When trying to the Ontario SPCA, I used to be interested in the group’s Strategic Imaginative and prescient and Plan, its values, and its workforce! 

What are you most enthusiastic about carrying out in your new function? 

I’m excited to satisfy the oldsters who work in animal welfare throughout our province and study from them. With so many animals that want care and assist, I’m curious in regards to the challenges persons are dealing with, and I wish to merely hearken to those that are deep within the trenches. As soon as I’ve executed my homework, I’m positive I’ll have a greater concept round how one can reply that query! 

How will you assist animals because the Vice President of Shelter Operations? 

I consider strongly that compassion for animals is rooted in compassion for individuals. Due to this fact, my job in supporting as many pets as potential in our animal centres will probably be to hearken to our individuals and create or assist environments wherein they will thrive. 

Inform us a couple of profession achievement regarding animals that you just’re most pleased with? 

I consider strongly that, in our ever-evolving world, it is advisable to be comfy difficult the established order to make sure that you’re making a marked affect on those who want you. To that finish, I’m very pleased with the Entry to Care packages that we launched on the Georgian Triangle Humane Society in 2018, most particularly our Emergency Medical Help Program. It was a brand new program, with out an current template to observe, that fairly honestly was a bit scary to launch – even when we felt strongly that it was an important service for pet mother and father. Up to now, tons of of pets have stayed with their households throughout emergencies as a substitute of needing to be re-homed – and that simply warms my coronary heart! 

Do you will have any animals of your individual? 

I’ve two superb pets – Mara, a two-year-old Northern canine that we adopted in December of 2021. She is the sweetest canine in the entire world. We even have Blinks, a 12-year-old black cat that I discovered below a porch when he was two weeks outdated. I bottle fed him for weeks and he’s now the boss of the home, commonly telling Mara what to do and guaranteeing we give him common cuddles and meals. 

Inform us one enjoyable reality about your self.  

I like horseback driving! I experience 4 to 5 occasions per week at a barn positioned simply up the highway from me. It retains me wholesome and glad – serving to to ease the stress of adverse days and proceed to benefit from the therapeutic energy of the human-animal bond. 

We want Sonya all one of the best on this new function, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to the Ontario SPCA household. Keen on becoming a member of the Ontario SPCA workforce? Go to our employment web page to see present job alternatives.  

Sonya with kitten

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