National Shelter Outreach Manager
Michelle Dosson is a national field services trainer for Best Friends Animal Society, providing leadership and training for strategic shelter partners across the country. Through Best Friends shelter outreach program, Michelle conducts professional shelter operations and field assessments, and leads progressive, humane trainings for animal control agencies and officers. Prior to joining Best Friends and serving as a regional specialist for Best Friends Network partners in the Great Plains region, Michelle spent a decade implementing progressive community outreach programs and developing expertise in local and state legislation through Austin Animal Services. While working as a public health educator through the field services department, she created and led programs for the Austin community that included spayneuter services for companion animals and trapneuterreturn for community cats. Michelle has worked in public service for more than 15 years. Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, she nurtured a deep passion for helping animals both human and nonhuman at a very early age through volunteer work with the Cape Town SPCA and local wildlife services. After moving to the U.S. in 1997 for an athletic scholarship, Michelle found her way to the City of Richmond Animal Care and Control in Virginia, where she worked as an animal caregiver, veterinary services technician and adoptions counselor. In 2008, she began a field services career as an animal protection officer for the city of Austin, Texas, just two years prior to the city passing its nokill implementation plan. Michelles experience as a field officer before, during and after Austins journey to nokill gives her unique insight into programming that prioritizes lifesaving. Michelle still resides in Austin with her canine companions, Drexil and Maggie, and cares for a small community cat colony. When not out championing lifesaving work for our fourlegged friends, Michelle can usually be found lifting at the gym or rolling with the Texas Rollergirls.