Director, Operations & Strategic Projects
Bethany Heins currently serves as the director of operations and strategic projects for Best Friends Animal Society. This role provides her with the opportunity to work with government shelters, private rescue organizations and individuals interested in helping companion animals across the U.S. In April 2012, Best Friends sent Bethany to San Antonio to save community cats through an innovative program that focuses on partnerships and grassroots public engagement. Bethany then served as the live release manager for the City of San Antonios Animal Care Services from 2013 through early 2015. Bethany has also worked as the executive director of Vernon County Humane Society in Wisconsin. She began her career in shelter operations working as an animal care specialist for Central Illinois Humane Society while obtaining her bachelors degree in natural resources and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois. Bethany lives in Illinois with her husband, daughter, three cats and three dogs.