CINCINNATI –– Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic (“OAR”) announces that former Cincinnati City City Council President, Chris Seelbach, will be their new Executive Director. Named by the Humane Society of the United States of America the 2019 “Humane Legislator of the Year,” Seelbach has a long history championing animal rights.
While serving on Council, Seelbach established the first ever “Animal Welfare” Task Force, repealed the City’s ban on pit bulls, passed legislation making it illegal to sell non-rescued cats and rabbits in commercial pet stores, enhanced penalties for tethering animals outside in extreme temperatures, and banned exotic animals from from traveling circuses.
Said Seelbach, “This is an opportunity of a lifetime, combining a deep love and passion for animals with my unique ability to lead a growing and diverse community organization. The dedicated team at OAR are the best in the business. I look forward to telling their stories, building on successes, and making OAR the model for cat rescue in our country.”
“We are thrilled to have Chris join OAR. His education, experience, and unique perspective qualify him for this leadership role. His passion for animal welfare and vision for the future make him a perfect fit,” said George Jonson, Board President.
In addition to bringing on Seelbach as Executive Director, OAR announced the promotion of Blair Caviness as Chief Operating Officer. “Blair came to us with extensive animal welfare experience and has served as OAR Clinic Director for the last two years. As COO, Blair will use their extensive knowledge of our staff and operations to oversee the great work we do for area cats and their families,” remarked Liz Johnson, Board Member.
*Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay/Neuter Clinic is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to enrich the lives of cats and communities in Greater Cincinnati by providing low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter services for ferals, strays and pets; offering TNR (trap-neuter-return) and other outreach programs; and running a no-kill adoption center dedicated to finding loving homes.
OAR statistics from 2022:
11,427 spay and neuter surgeries
1,519 cats adopted
1,242 cats in foster homes
20 counties served
30 employees. 450 volunteers