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Susan Cosby

Senior Director of Lifesaving Programs

Best Friends Animal Society

The goal to achieve no-kill nationwide by 2025 and Best Friends’ commitment to helping organizations across the country with the greatest lifesaving needs are what brought Susan Cosby to Best Friends. As a senior director of lifesaving programs, based in Kanab, Utah, at the beloved Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Sue provides leadership for multiple Best Friends regional programs and lifesaving centers from Arkansas to Los Angeles. Throughout her career, she has led organizations performing humane law enforcement, animal control, high-performing adoption, fostering and transfer programs, as well as high-volume sterilization clinics and full-service veterinary clinics.

Prior to coming to Best Friends, she served as the director of lifesaving for the Petco Foundation, supporting grant-making of $30 million annually, and the national adoption program in Petco stores. Sue served as the executive director and founding employee of the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly, established in 2012), which was an outgrowth of her association with the management of animal control services in Philadelphia under two other contract providers. That included serving as the president and CEO of the Pennsylvania SPCA while they held the contract, and director of operations at the Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association. In addition to municipal animal sheltering, her private sheltering experience includes serving as the executive director of the Animal Welfare Association in New Jersey, among other roles, combined with more than two decades of progressive animal sheltering experience.