Manager II Shelter Operations
In 2012, Marian Cannell joined the dog staff of Austin Pets Alive APA. She found an immediate passion for the behavior department and was quickly invited to join the team under the direction of Mike Kaviani. Through a grant funded by Best Friends Animal Society, Marian spearheaded the creation of the Canine Good Citizen Ready program, a unique shelter program that was created for the purpose of reducing length of stay and increasing adoption rates of large blockyheadedtype dogs. It was with her work on the Canine Good Citizen Ready program that Marian began to find an increasing drive to address some of the most significant challenges in a shelter environment. After two years, Marian perfected the CGC Ready model that is now taught nationally through Maddies Fund Foundation, and moved on to attending to the most difficult behavioral cases as the lead behavioral trainer. Simultaneously, Marian began hosting mentorships at Austin Pets Alive for the organization Dogs Playing for Life, a nationally recognized enrichment program that teaches shelters across America how to achieve lifesaving and increase quality of life through play groups. In 2016, Marian took on the role of dog behavior program manager, providing oversight to APAs most innovative dog programs such as play groups, Canine Good Citizen Ready, advanced behavioral training, postadoption behavioral assistance, volunteer training and support, and many others. As Austin Pets Alive continued to maintain a 98 percent save rate, Marian began to look toward other communities to bring lifesaving ideas to them. In July 2018, Marian joined Dallas Animal Services as manager of shelter operations under the management of Jordan Craig. She is part of the team that has led Dallas to a 90 percent live release rate for the first time in its history. Marian is excited to continue to lead her teams with forward thinking and lifesaving ideas.