DCHS is a private, non-profit, community-supported organization and is not affiliated with any government agency or national animal welfare organization. We are an open admission shelter accepting all animals that need assistance regardless of age, health status or temperament. DCHS has an adoption guarantee, meaning all healthy or treatable animals can stay at DCHS as long as it takes to find a loving home.

As one of the nation's leading animal welfare organizations, DCHS offers humane education programs, community-based care for pets, foster care for animals for victims of domestic abuse, a pet food pantry, dog training classes, wildlife rehabilitation and much more. Our volunteers and professionals come together every day in the spirit of Helping People Help Animals, and together create a culture of compassion, empathy, integrity and accountability.

Our History

Adoption Guarantee

Stray Holding Facility

DCHS Funding

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Board of Directors



Doug Brown

Assistant Executive Director

Sarah Byerley

Animal Operations Manager

Amy Good

Director of Development and Marketing

Sara Hoven

Accountant and Building Manager

Laurie Ringquist

Customer Service Manager

Development Team

Amy Good

Director of Development and Marketing

Sarah Linn

Development and Marketing Supervisor

Michelle Livanos

Development and Marketing Coordinator

Ash Collins

Donor Relations Specialist

Kim Jensen

Donor Engagement Coordinator

Marissa DeGroot

Public Relations Coordinator

Amanda Smith

Humane Education Assistant

Gwen Kochan

Associate Director of Development

Volunteer Team

Laurie Ringquist

Customer Service Manager

Patty Zehl

Volunteer Coordinator

Shelbi Bernard

Volunteer Training Coordinator

Isabelle Schnurr

Volunteer Training Coordinator

Kaitlyn Breaux

Satellite Adoption Centers Coordinator