Since June 2016, Alexis Pugh has been the Director of Memphis Animal Services (MAS), the city of Memphis’ municipal open-intake animal shelter and animal control agency. Prior to her appointment to MAS by Mayor Jim Strickland, Alexis served as Executive Director for first the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County and then Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services (now Spay Memphis), leading both organizations to record-setting service levels. She has continued that record-setting in her role at MAS with her team’s efforts to never again euthanize an animal to create kennel space. MAS has not euthanized a healthy adoptable cat, small dog or puppy in more than three years. In 2019, the shelter saved nearly 90% of the pets in its care. Ten years ago, the save rate was just 19%. Alexis lives with her two rescued pets, Wilma the dog and Rock Star the cat, and her husband, Wes, and four-year-old daughter, Marley.