Chief Engagement Officer
Sheila Kouhkan is the chief engagement officer for C.A.R.E. (Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity). She has been part of the animal welfare industry since 2003 when she was a 15-year-old volunteer at her local shelter. She started her professional career in 2009, working on compassionate legislation for the City of Los Angeles, including the bans on the commercial sale of puppy mill dogs, cat declawing and the use of bull hooks on elephants in traveling shows. Since then, she has continued to devote her time to finding opportunities to bring people and pets together, working with national organizations such as Best Friends Animal Society, Austin Pets Alive and Pethealth Inc. Sheila is committed to using her diverse background to bring vitality to lives furry and otherwise while promoting lifesaving through inclusivity. Sheila lives in San Diego, California, with her husky mix, Ziba, and enjoys fostering for her local shelter partners.