Heartland Humane Society’s new executive director is Kerry Schmidt

The Heartland Humane Society (HHS) Board of Directors announces that Kerry Schmidt of Yankton County, SD, will head its programs for Yankton, Vermillion, and Hartington, NE and oversee the animal shelter at 601 � Burleigh Street in Yankton.  Schmidt is the former district director for the Boy Scouts, Mid-America Council, in northwest Iowa, where she managed staff and volunteers to provide services for thousands of youths in a 22-county area.  Prior to her work in the non-profit field, Schmidt was managing editor of a weekly newspaper in North Sioux City.

A native of Yankton and graduate of the University of South Dakota, Schmidt brings years of experience in program development and fundraising to the new challenge of companion animal advocacy. 

"My first priority is to ensure that we provide the high quality of animal care and outreach programs that the community expects from the HHS," Kerry stated.  "Programs for assisting pet owners to spay and neuter their pets and a robust pet adoption program are primary goals for the Heartland Board at this time.  We also hope to see significant progress in establishing a more comprehensive shelter facility in the future."

"The Board feels fortunate to have Kerry to lead the HHS," said HHS President Jack Steiner. "We appreciate the many qualified applicants who responded to our recruitment for a new director.  With Kerry's leadership, the HHS will be able to help more homeless and abandoned animals find new homes and take Heartland Humane Society to the next level."

Heartland Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to protect and enhance the lives of companion animals by promoting healthy relationships between pets and people.  The HHS programs include adoptions of cats and other small animals from its shelter and of dogs in foster care, educational programs, spay/neuter assistance, and targeted fundraising for select medical or emergency procedures.  All animals offered by the HHS are examined, vaccinated, and treated by veterinarians. 

The HHS is currently fundraising for both operating costs and a new shelter facility.  Upcoming events include the second Wine and Whiskers, scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 5, at the Hillcrest Country Club in Yankton.  The event includes wine and beer tasting, hors d�oeuvres, live music, live and silent auctions, and an animal fashion show. 

For more information about the Heartland Humane Society can be found at http://www.heartlandhumanesociety.net, or by calling 605-664-4244 or emailing HHS@midconetwork.com.

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