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Kristen Auerbach

Director of Pima Animal Care Center

Kristen Auerbach was formerly the deputy chief animal services officer at the Austin Animal Center in Austin, Texas and now serves as director of Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, Arizona. Kristen previously served as the assistant director at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in Fairfax, Virginia, where she helped to overturn pit bull adoption restrictions, double adoptions and cut euthanasia in half, bringing Fairfax County to no-kill. During her tenure, she implemented dog playgroups, a comprehensive in-shelter enrichment program for cats and dogs, and lifesaving foster programs. Kristen presents and writes regularly on a variety of subjects, including breed labeling, reduction of shelter intake, innovative foster care and social media for animal welfare leadership. Her efforts have been featured in numerous national publications and websites, such as Animal Sheltering magazine, the Huffington Post, BarkPost, the Dodo and Buzzfeed, and on TV networks, including CNN, Fox and ABC.

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