The Board of Directors of the Bucks County SPCA announced that Executive Director Anne Irwin plans to retire in September of 2015 after 43 years with the organization. The Board has formed a Transition Committee to oversee the selection and hiring of a new Executive Director and will post a job announcement in the near future.
Nancy Holland, President of the Board of Trustees said “We are tremendously grateful to Anne Irwin for her years of unwavering service to this organization. During her tenure, BCSPCA has grown and flourished, having benefited greatly from Anne’s experience, strong leadership and dedication to animal welfare. Her steadfast commitment to this community will leave a lasting legacy.”
Ms. Irwin began work at Bucks County SPCA in 1971 and took the helm in 1975. “It was a different world then. Every day was a challenge with very limited resources and a population of unwanted animals much larger than it is today.” During her tenure the BCSPCA began humane education programs and expanded the cruelty enforcement program. BCSPCA opened a second shelter in Upper Bucks County in 2012 which greatly enhanced the organization’s ability to serve the animals and people of Bucks County.
Ms. Irwin also implemented innovative programs to help animals stay in their homes such as temporary boarding for animals whose families face emergencies, donations of pet food to local food pantries and behavior training and hotline support for pet owners. The organization now regularly saves thousands of animals a year who are either unwanted or living in unsafe living conditions.
Looking back on her time with the organization Ms. Irwin says “The Bucks County SPCA has made such progress. We have a great team and I am happy that we are in a strong position to be a resource for animals and the people who care about them for years to come. I look forward to a smooth transition with the new Executive Director.”