Bouchard named to national advisory council

The Humane Society of the United States has named Jocelyn Bouchard, CEO of the Maui Humane Society, to serve as the Hawaii state representative on the national Companion Animals Advisory Council.

The Maui Humane Society is not affiliated with or funded by the Humane Society of the United States, according to an announcement. However, the agency maintains a working relationship with the organization, its Hawaii state director, and other animal welfare groups across the U.S.

The Humane Society of the United States created the Companion Animals Advisory Council in 1996 to assist and advise in the development and implementation of programs and campaigns relevant to the day-to-day functions of animal shelters, as well as to help identify urgent issues that can affect the operation of these shelters.

The Humane Society of the United States is expanding the Companion Animals Advisory Council to include a leader from every state and one from Canada in order to provide representation from a diverse group of public and private animal welfare agencies.

“I am honored and excited to be included in this national council,” Bouchard said. “It will provide me the opportunity to network with the top leaders in North America’s animal welfare field and participate in discussions and planning for cutting edge programs and strategies that will benefit our animals and communities. I thank The Humane Society of the United States for this wonderful opportunity to represent Hawaii and serve as an advocate for our island animals.”

Bouchard has been with the Maui Humane Society for 20 years and has served as CEO since 2003. She is a certified animal welfare administrator and a graduate of the Humane Society University Executive Leadership Certification program.