Pets Unleashed

Meet the new 9-member board of the Canyon County Animal Shelter

The Canyon County Animal Shelter has been in transition since its director quit in January. Three new board members were seated in January, and they put out a call for more board members in February.

The newest six members of the board are serving two-year terms, which started April 1. Here’s a little bit about them.

STEPHEN DRESCHER

Stephen Drescher

Stephen Drescher

Fruitland

Retired District Court judge

Why join shelter board? “My motive in being on the Board is that shelter animals are perfect innocents who find themselves in distressed circumstances through no fault of their own and deserve our mercy.” Drescher has been active in a number of nonprofits over the years.

Pets: “I’m the somewhat embarrassed owner of a very spoiled shelter dog named Miso who, although he requires a great deal of attention, is a wonderful companion.”

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Jill Haunold

Jill Haunold

 

Jill Haunold, Ed.D

Treasure Valley resident
since 1977

Instructor, Psychology Department at College of Idaho. Co-owner with husband, Chris, of Idaho Mountain Touring.

Experience with animals: Has taught dog training and animal behavior classes, Idaho Humane Society volunteer and hospital pet therapy volunteer. Certified Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Facilitator. She does endurance horseback riding as a way of enjoying Idaho’s outdoors.

 

 

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Marji Shepherd

Marji Shepherd

Marji Shepherd

Meridian

Ada County Jury Commissioner

Why get involved? A deep respect for animals.

Pets: Shepherd and her husband have a paralyzed dog, named Tucker.  He is completely dependent on human care, rides in a wagon and has a wheelchair.

“His bright brown eyes and happy face help us realize why we all share in the love and protection of these animals.  They are people in fur coats,” she says.

Other community experience: Victim advocate for MADD Idaho

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LINDA DRIPPS

Linda Dripps

 

Linda Dripps

Caldwell

Part-time employee for Idaho Department of Health & Welfare; raising three  grandchildren.

Longtime interest in animals: “I was raised on a farm in the Midwest and have always had a BFF (best furry friend) in my life. I have two huge passions-one is animals and the other is making life better for Relatives Raising Children.”

Involvement in nonprofits: Worked for a non profit for 5 years and currently work with several non profits in kinship work. Also involved with Region 3 Mental Health Board, Keeping Children Safe, Region 3 Housing Coalition and Jobes Daughters.

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Joan Weddington

Joan Weddington

 

Joan Weddington, PhD

Eagle

Idaho State University/Meridian

Interest in board/animal shelter:   “I am a longtime financial supporter of animal welfare organizations, but when I read the Statesman’s report outlining the circumstances of the Canyon County Animal Shelter, I decided that I had to do more. Being a part of the board of directors is a great privilege and I take my responsibility seriously. Based on my experience during our first board meeting, I believe we have a fantastic group of dedicated people assembled and we will work towards restoring the confidence of the community and caring for the animals whose well-being has been entrusted to the shelter.”

Other non-profit experience:  Board member, Ada County Board of Community Guardian since 2009.

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Larry Callicutt
Larry Callicutt
Nampa
Owns private investigations business; part-time employee with the Idaho Department of Correction
Why get involved? Callicutt was adopted. He says he understands “the inherent value of being ‘picked’ by a complete stranger, as most sheltered animals are.”
Experience with animals: Callicutt’s family raised English Shepherd dogs for herding on their northern Mississippi farm. He was involved with their care and training, as well as other farm animals.
Community involvement: 4-H, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Guardian Ad Litem with 3rd District Court, member of Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections Custody Review Board.
Pets: 15-year-old coon cat named Spooky who was adopted from the Idaho Humane Society in Boise in 1999.

Here’s background on three board members, who started two-year terms on Jan. 1.

Kris Carte

Kris Carte

Kris Carte

Nampa

4th grade teacher; 24 years with Nampa School District

Canyon County Animal Shelter experience: “I became actively involved with CCAS after completing my MAT with an emphasis in humane education. Along the way I studied many different sheltering concepts and philosophies in our country and worldwide. I also examined relationships other cultures have with non-human
companion animals. It all began when an active CCAS volunteer contacted me to help educate teachers on how to integrate humane education into classrooms almost six years ago.”

Interests: “I want to grow the educational aspects our shelter to include public opportunities and outreach for both adults and children. To reach an ideal, we have to educate people.”

Pets: My husband and I share our home with a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, rats, and bunnies.

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GLASCOCK

Nancy Glascock

 

Nancy Glascock, CCAS board vice president

Retired from career in sales, business

Experience with animal rescue: Operated a donkey rescue for many years.

Why get involved with shelter? “Several years ago I walked through Canyon County Animal Shelter shortly after it was privatized, saw what a difference these people were making, and knew I wanted to be a part of it. I volunteered to walk dogs and help with anything else they needed  — and here I still am.”

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BRENDA CAMERON

Brenda Cameron

Brenda Cameron, CCAS board president

Caldwell

Business owner, mother of nine

Lifelong love of animals: Animals have always been a big part of Brenda’s life. Her pets have included horses, dogs, cats, rabbits and rats.

Experience with nonprofits: More than 25 years operating and managing for profit and non-profit organizations. In 2003, Brenda founded Advocates Against Family Violence and opened Hope’s Door Domestic Violence Shelter in 2004. She was awarded the Spirit of Idaho by Senator Mike Crapo in 2005 for her outstanding leadership skills while providing services for family violence victims.

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