Audra Michael started volunteering at a small animal controlshelter agency in 2007. After going for a ridealong with an animal control officer, she was hooked and wanted to change careers. She quit her job of 28 years working for Safeway and started working as an animal control officer for Pinal County in 2011. After six months, she was promoted to field training officer and in 2013 she was promoted to supervisor. In February 2015, she was appointed interim director of Pinal County Animal Care and Control PCACC, and in July of that year, it was made official and she has been the director of PCACC ever since. Audra is a deputy district director volunteer with the Humane Society of the United States and an active member of the Arizona Legislation Committee, regarding domestic, wild and farm animal legislation. Though she hasnt worked in the field as an officer, other than assisting with hoarding calls or search warrants, she was nominated as Arizona ACO of the Year in 2018. Not only was this humbling, but the nomination came from Mike Duffy, a huge animal cruelty agent for all animals in Arizona. Since she took over as director, PCACC has managed to take its live release rate from 82 percent to over 91 percent. This was achieved by changing the mindset of staff and working together as a team.