Director of Community Services
Mike Wheeler is the director of community services for the city of Cabot, Arkansas. Over the last 12 years he has been dedicated to animal welfare and public safety, working to reduce euthanasia and promote responsible pet ownership laws in Cabot. Under Mike’s management, the city-operated open admission shelter takes in more than 3,000 animals a year with a live release rate of 99% (counting every animal the organization touches). His desire to help people and animals has brought about 23 community programs focused on improving the lives of persons and every pet in his community through strengthening the human animal bond and keeping families together. His passion for animal welfare and public policy has driven him to his position of president of the Arkansas State Animal Control Association. In this capacity he trains animals control officers and assists animal service departments across the state in writing and implementing new laws dedicated to higher standards for animal welfare and public safety.Mike’s philosophy is one that is based on continued learning in an ever-changing world. Mike has completed bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and business administration, as well as a master’s degree in public administration.