Lifesaving Programs Manager
"Kaitlyn Simmons is the Grassroots Advocacy Specialist for Best Friends Animal Society. Before coming to Best Friends, she worked out of an Atlanta municipal shelter and coordinated their volunteer, rescue and transport initiatives, which highlighted a need for grassroots-level community engagement to support animal lifesaving as a community effort. In her current role with Best Friends, she works on grassroots community organizing to further national awareness and gather political will to support animal lifesaving across the country. Through this work, she focuses on creating a diverse and inclusive animal welfare movement. Kaitlyn is passionate about building a diverse movement that brings new voices and perspectives to animal welfare to create a no-kill nation by 2025. Kaitlyn received her master’s degree in anthrozoology studying the complex relationships between humans and animals across cultures and socioeconomic status, which culminated in publishing a thesis on long-distance animal transports. She lives in Atlanta with her six cats, her partner and a rotation of foster animals."