Shelby Humane Society Announces New Executive Director

Published 10:08 am Friday, February 3, 2017

From Staff Reports

COLUMBIANA – Shelby Humane Society is proud to announce that David Arias will serve as their new executive director. Arias brings experience in nonprofit leadership, animal welfare, fundraising, and finance. Arias has previously served as executive director of Magic City Harvest, a nonprofit organization that recovers approximately 1.2 million pounds of excess food each year, and as executive director of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia.



“David brings a wealth of experience and a track record of accomplishments in managing nonprofit organizations, including animal welfare,” said President of the Board of Directors for Shelby Humane Society Bob McArdle. “He has an excellent grasp of what is needed to achieve our strategic goals, build upon our leadership role in our community, increase adoptions, promote the use of spay and neuter surgeries, and become a resource center for the citizens and the animals of Alabama.”

While serving as executive director of the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, Arias expanded low cost spay/neuter services and basic animal care. He also established new funding sources through individual donors and national grant programs, initiated a statewide companion animal disaster response program, and helped coordinate statewide legislative action in support of animal welfare issues.

Arias also worked with the American Red Cross for eight years, serving in several leadership positions. He is a certified public accountant and previously owned his own financial consulting business. Arias earned his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and then went on to earn his Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama.

“I am honored and excited to have been selected as executive director of the Shelby Humane Society,” said David Arias, Executive Director for Shelby Humane Society. “I hope to continue my career serving this great community by promoting responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals.”

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