Regional Manager, Mid-Atlantic
Angela Rovetto is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager for Best Friends Animal Society and works closely with shelters and communities in North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., to help increase their lifesaving capabilities. From identifying strategic and programmatic needs to problem-solving and connecting resources, Angela provides customized guidance as agencies and organizations work through the challenges and stages experienced in increasing lifesaving in communities. Angela began her career in animal welfare working at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary with dogs with behavior challenges, and she has training and experience in emergency response. In 2012, she was a founding team member involved in Best Friends’ efforts to help Los Angeles Animal Services increase its save rate, which was then at 54%, to the no-kill threshold of 90%. Working in L.A. for six years in shelter environments located in areas ranging from low-income areas to downtown Santa Monica, Angela gained diverse hands-on experience in shelter operations and programming, created and led various operational teams, and saw firsthand how human issues, challenges and lack of resources contribute to animals ending up in shelters. It was a transformative experience in which many of the beliefs and fears that Angela had been raised with were proven wrong through working on progressive lifesaving programs and philosophies directly with community members. With Los Angeles on the way to achieving its goals, Angela joined the mid-Atlantic regional team in 2017 for the opportunity to work directly with shelters and communities, helping other shelters overcome their challenges and transition to current, proven, effective practices in order to save more lives and become the “go to” animal resource center for their community.