Pacific Regional Director
Jose Ocano 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 openadmission shelter, which took in more than 30,000 pets each year. After he spent his first day on the job killing dozens of saveable pets, Jose considered leaving animal welfare, but he decided to stay and work for change at the county facility, which at the time was killing most of the pets who entered the shelter. During his tenure, Jose and his team focused on shifting the internal culture and implementing progressive adoption, rescue, community cat and volunteer programs to increase live outcomes and decrease intake, which has declined to 17,000 pets per year. In his last role at PACC, as executive director, Jose helped launch a Pet Support Center and overhaul the shelters medical and shelter operations, which pushed the openadmission shelter to become one of the most progressive and innovative shelters in the country. In 2017, Jose joined Best Friends Animal Society as the new Pacific regional director. In this role, he works with animal welfare groups in California, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and Alaska to support them in implementing lifesaving strategies, policies and programs to achieve nokill in their communities. Jose says that none of his achievements would be possible without the dynamic people hes worked for and led over the years.