New Jersey native Michael Bricker started working for Camden County Animal Shelter (CCAS) in 2014. As director of operations, Michael was handed the responsibility of running the shelter’s day to day operations and ensuring the animals at CCAS received first-class care and treatment.
One of Michael’s first initiatives was to re-write the shelter’s adoption policies in order to remove unnecessary barriers between pets and adopters. Under the new program, CCAS saw a 46 percent increase in adoptions over the following two years. Michael then helped to create a Lifesaving Department, launch CCAS’s community cat program, pioneer the Rent-A-Dog program, and modernize the shelter’s medical operations. These changes helped CCAS achieve its current 97 percent live release rate.
Today, Michael has taken his vision and passion to Southern Texas as the senior manager of lifesaving shelter operations for Best Friends Animal Society. His first assignment in this role was to assume the director of operations position for Palm Valley Animal Center (PVAC). Alongside shelter manager Jay Garret Jr., Michael and the exceptional team at PVAC have been able to raise the live release rate by 15 percent since July of this year. With a current live release rate of 52 percent, neither PVAC nor Michael show any signs of slowing their momentum toward the goal of achieving a 90 percent live release by 2021.
Join this group of mini presentations by Texas shelter leaders, who are dedicated to reaching No Kill, as they share where they are on their journeys in attaining a No Kill Texas.