Although he adopted his first cat at 6 years old, his participation in advocacy began in earnest around 2007.
After training at several conferences around the country (Including APA), he helped found No Kill Colorado (NKC) in 2011. During his tenure as a board member at NKC he helped develop relationships with national No Kill leaders and organizations. Davyd developed the annual Just One Day Colorado adoption event and led a highly successful initiative to reform a Colorado animal shelter (the shelter saves 98% of all intakes, almost double before reform). He helped a small rural town completely change their situation of an overwhelming number of feral and stray dogs through Spay/Neuter clinics, transfer, and law in a campaign to show how any community can change the outcome of homeless pets (100 Dogs Campaign). Davyd has consulted on laws for animal welfare. In 2018 No Kill Colorado passed the Pueblo Animal Protection Act in pueblo Colorado, based on Austin’s ordinances and CAPA. The law mandates that the shelter save every healthy or treatable pet.
His first dog walked into his house when he was 9 years old. A Saint Bernard (Smudge) that pretty much looked him in the eye when standing face to face. Since then, he assumes any dog that can’t look him in the eye when on all four legs is a small dog. He is a CTO and has worked in Technology for decades.