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Scott Giacoppo

Director of National Shelter Support

Best Friends Animal Society

Scott Giacoppo is director of national shelter support for Best Friends Animal Society and oversees the development of lifesaving efficacy and sustainability for animal welfare partners across the U.S. Through Best Friends’ shelter support programs, Scott provides leadership and hands-on training for strategic shelter partners, conducts shelter operations and field assessments, and leads humane training for animal control agencies and officers.. Prior to joining Best Friends, Scott was chief of animal field services for the District of Columbia, overseeing all field operations for Humane Rescue Alliance. In this role, he designed and implemented a number of successful community-based programs, helped draft and secure critical animal protection legislation. Scott has been involved in animal protection since 1989 when he became an animal caregiver in Minneapolis. He returned to his hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, where he began his career with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) as special state police officer for cruelty investigations. During this time, he received the Boston Police Commissioners Citation for work with dangerous dogs and street gangs and certificates of excellence for promoting and providing community policing education from the New England Crime Prevention Partnership. He is a former board member and past President of the National Animal Care and Control Association.