Hamilton Co. HES names new executive director Tuesday

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The Hamilton County Humane Education Society (HES) now has a new executive director.

The board of directors of the Hamilton County Humane Educational Society named veteran animal professional Phil Snyder as executive director of the organization. HES says he will lead efforts as it begins building a new facility located on Randolph Circle near Bonny Oaks Drive and Highway 153.

HES Board Chairman Dr. Tai Federico said, “We couldn’t have found a better fit to lead this exciting time at HES. Phil Snyder brings the perfect tool box of experiences and expertise as he begins his tenure with us.”

HES says Snyder served as executive director of Suncoast Humane Society since 2007 and has directed local animal care and control organizations in Indiana, Texas, Tennessee and Florida. He has developed programs in humane education, cruelty investigations, legislation, animal sheltering and animal control. He has headed several shelter building and renovation projects and spent 15 years as the regional director for The Humane Society of the United States.

During that time, HES says his office served as a resource for law enforcement, local humane societies, animal control agencies and other concerned with animal welfare issues. Working with local and state governments as well as emergency management agencies, HES says Snyder’s team developed disaster plans for animals.

HES says Snyder has developed and instructed various training programs for law enforcement, including dog bite prevention, dog fighting investigation, animal hoarders and livestock/horse investigations. He has conducted workshops on the connection between animal cruelty and human Violence, at local, state, and national seminars, including presentations to the National Associations of Child Abuse, and Elder Abuse.

"Throughout his 40-year career, Snyder’s expertise has proven invaluable in helping to revitalize and rebuild humane societies. His background also includes several years as a professional dog trainer and he was licensed by the American Kennel Club as a show dog handler," HES says in a news release.

He is a past board member of Hooved Animal Humane Society, in Illinois, and the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

Federico noted Snyder’s experience will be useful as the HES breaks ground at the 6.8-acre site of the future facility on Randolph Circle near Bonny Oaks and Highway 153.

“We are extremely grateful to the community and especially to the Hamilton County Commission for the support we’ve received. With the expertise of Phil Snyder as our new executive director, we’re excited about the future direction of HES,” said Federico.

Snyder said, “As a regional director for HSUS, I remember how special Chattanooga is. I look forward to reconnecting with HES as we work with incredible individuals who share a passion to challenge the organization to develop to its fullest potential. I look forward to the work ahead and can’t wait to get started.”

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