Profile Lee Ann Shenefiel

Lee Ann Shenefiel

South Central Regional Director, Best Friends Animal Society

Lee Ann currently serves as South Central Regional Director for Best Friends Animal Society. She previously served as the Interim Chief Animal Services Officer at Austin Animal Center in Austin, Texas overseeing Animal Protection, outreach and prevention programming and the center’s volunteer program. A recognized leader in no-kill animal sheltering, the Austin Animal Center saves over 98% of the almost 17,000 animals it takes in each year. Community-focused programs serve thousands of area residents and help keep pets with their families. Prior to coming to Austin, Lee Ann was the Business Operations Manager at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in northern Virginia and has over a decade in public service with a focus on connecting the community and government resources. In 2016, Lee Ann was recognized with the 2016 Lifesaving Award from APA!. She is also a member of the National Steering Committee for Best Friends Animal Society.

My Sessions

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Sat. February 2nd

10:50 am - 12:05 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

How to Be the Boss of Your Organization's Save Rate

In this session, you will learn what the Shelter Director’s role is in stopping unnecessary death in the shelter, how to do it, and how to be successful.


12:05 pm - 1:35 pm Map Icon Grand Ballroom Level M3

Luncheon: Texas Initiatives

The number of animals dying in Texas outweighs every other state in the nation. Attend this interactive brainstorming luncheon and let’s take Texas from the worst to the best!


Mon. February 4th

9:50 am - 11:20 am Map Icon Salon 1-2

Using YOUR Data for Strategic Planning

Join Maddie’s Fund’s CIO Lars Rabbe and Austin leaders, Dr. Ellen Jefferson and Lee Ann Shenefiel, as they explain how you can use your data to set achievable lifesaving goals in your organization.


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Map Icon Amphitheater M2 204

The Modern Municipal Animal Agency: Targeted Neighborhood Programs to Improve Public Safety and Serve the Community

Learn how modern shelters develop targeted neighborhood programs that serve the larger community's desire to be No Kill while allowing them to serve the public safety needs of specific areas.


2:20 pm - 4:20 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Leadership Roundtables

Participants will have the opportunity to connect with some of the nation’s most successful No Kill shelter leaders. Don’t miss the opportunity to interface, ask specific questions and talk with your animal welfare heroes!


2:20 pm - 4:20 pm Map Icon Amphitheater M2 204

Animal Control/Animal Protection/Public Safety Masterclass

Work with experts in the field to do a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of addressing your community's public safety concerns as well as addressing the needs of the animals.


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