Karen Sheppard


Karen Sheppard
Karen Hill Sheppard pursued a career in veterinary medicine because of her passion for animals. She is a 1992 graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Until she accepted the position as director of Huntsville Animal Services in the fall of 2002, Karen practiced small animal medicine and surgery.

Huntsville Animal Services finally achieved a 90% live release rate in 2015. The foundation of the community's success was the creation and funding of a low-income sterilization program in 2008, which lowered shelter intake from 10,000 to 5,000 annually. By adding a community cat diversion program, lowering adoption fees and being transparent, the shelter staff have fully engaged with the community. The goal is to continue to improve in order to save every life.

Currently, Karen's family consists of dogs (Rat Dog, Marmot, Bunny and Squirrel), cats, horses and her animal-loving, tolerant husband, Fred.

Friday, July 14, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Enlightened Lifesaving: Engaging Your Whole Community in Solutions