Michelle Weaver, Director of Sanctuary Outreach and Animal Engagement

Michelle Weaver joined Best Friends in 1997 as a Caregiver in Dogtown and progressed to the Dogtown Manager role in 2004. With her roots in caregiving, she worked to help improve the processes in Dogtown to include training and development opportunities for staff to develop their skills and abilities. She led the Dogtown support of Best Friends’ efforts during various rescue activities, including Hurricane Katrina, Pets Alive New York, the Lebanon rescue and Best Friends’ rescue of the 22 Vicktory dogs (from the Michael Vick dogfighting case).

In her current role as Director of Sanctuary Outreach and Animal Engagement, Michelle is furthering efforts to continuously improve the quality of life for all of the different species of animals at Best Friends, increase adoptions, ensure that our volunteers and visitors have a meaningful experience when interacting with the animals and participating in Sanctuary programming, provide resources to shelters and rescue groups, and increase community outreach in underserved areas.

Michelle and her husband, Dustin, share their lives with a variety of very special companion animals.