Anne Mejia, director of principal gifts

Anne Mejia (pictured with Bodhi, her sweet Labrador and pit bull terrier mix) is one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society. Anne is the director of principal gifts and currently sits on the board of directors. She helped to establish Best Friends’ development division and, as director of principal gifts, she collaborates with a dynamic team of fundraisers, providing mentorship and strategic advice.

In the formative years of Best Friends, the founders wore many hats. Feeling deep gratitude for Best Friends supporters, Anne established the welcome center, which provides tours of the Sanctuary, enhances volunteer experiences and houses the gift shop. During that time, she helped create Angels Rest, a pet memorial park that honors the passing of Best Friends’ cherished animal residents. She was also one of the leaders in Best Friends’ Hurricane Katrina rescue operation in 2005.

Anne resides at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary with her husband and fellow co-founder, Cyrus Mejia, and their family of dogs and cats.