José Ocaño

Pacific Regional Director

José  Ocaño
Tucson native José Ocaño spent the first decade of his career working for Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) in Tucson, Arizona. He started as a shelter technician at the open-admission shelter, which took in more than 30,000 pets each year. After he spent his first day on the job euthanizing dozens of saveable pets, José considered leaving animal welfare, but he decided to stay and work for change at the county facility.

During his tenure, José focused on community engagement and implementing progressive, lifesaving adoption, rescue and volunteer programs to increase live outcomes and decrease intake, which has declined to 18,000 pets per year. In his last role at PACC, as executive director, José helped launch PACC’s Pet Support Center and overhaul the shelter’s medical operations. He pushed the open-admission shelter’s save rate to the 90 percent it is today.

This year, José joined the Best Friends team as its new Pacific regional director. In this role, he will work with shelters in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii to help them achieve no-kill by 2025.

Friday, July 14, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Leading the Way to No-Kill: Strategic Challenges Facing No-Kill Leaders

Friday, July 14, 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Service Enterprise: How to Powerfully and Effectively Leverage Volunteers

Saturday, July 15, 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
A New Lifesaving Paradigm: Transitioning from Shelters to Community Resource Centers

Thursday, July 13, 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Save Them All: Mountain West Regional Case Studies

Friday, July 14, 2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Get on the 2025 Train: Engaging Every Region and Everyone