Shelly Simmons

Division Manager

Shelly Simmons
Shelly Simmons began her animal sheltering career in 1996 when she accepted a summer job at a humane society in Ohio while in college deciding whether she wanted to be an environmental hydrogeologist or a park ranger. She fell in love with her work there and stayed with the animal organization. Over the next 10 years, she held a variety of roles, in medical and shelter care, animal control and cruelty investigation, and rescue transfer coordination. Shelly truly worked her way from the bottom to the top, and eventually became the acting executive director for several years before moving to South Carolina to start a brand new animal care division for Greenville County.

Shelly has been the division manager for Greenville County Animal Care for the past 10 years. She and her team of 60-plus employees operate the largest open-admission animal shelter in South Carolina, taking in and helping up to 20,000 animals each year. Greenville County Animal Care is also one of the largest-capacity shelters in the United States, capable of housing and caring for more than 500 animals daily.

During Shelly’s 20-year tenure in the field of animal care and control, she has helped to guide staff and volunteers to many achievements. When she arrived in Greenville County in 2007, the save rate for animals in the shelter was less than 20%. Over the next 10 years, she implemented a variety of innovative ideas and best practices and is progressively guiding her community to achieve its goal of saving 90% or more of incoming homeless pets. One of her team's greatest achievements has been decreasing animal intake by 4,500 between 2015 and 2016 by aggressively implementing a variety of managed intake, surrender prevention, and community cat diversion programs.

In 2016, Shelly earned her certified animal welfare administrator (CAWA) credential. She serves on the board of directors for the South Carolina Animal Care and Control Association (SCACCA) and the planning committee for the CarolinasUNITE Animal Welfare Conference. Under her leadership, Greenville County Animal Care has also become a Key Resource Center (KRC) for the recently formed No-Kill South Carolina movement, and is currently a fellow city with Target Zero.

When Shelly is not working hard, she plays hard. She is an emphatic traveler who enjoys hiking, camping, photography, festival-going, and any other outdoor activity that she can fit into her busy schedule!

Thursday, July 13, 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Save Them All: Southeast Regional Case Studies