Ricci hired as director of operations and programs for the Animal Welfare Society


KENNEBUNK – The Animal Welfare Society is pleased to welcome Adam Ricci as Director of Operations and Programs. In this newly created position, Ricci will administer the organization’s community programs, including [email protected], Behavior and Training, Youth Humane Education and Community Veterinary Clinic. He will also oversee the operations of the adoption center and animal-related services.

Ricci comes to AWS with over a decade of experience in program development, community outreach, and safe haven operations. His career in animal welfare took off when he became an animal control officer for the Buxton Police Department in 2010. Since then, Ricci has worked in nonprofit and municipal shelters in Arizona and in New Mexico, including as Chief of Field Operations and Acting Associate Director. of the City of Albuquerque Department of Animal Welfare. There, as part of the leadership team, the department won the National Animal Care and Control Association’s 2019 Agency of the Year.

Originally from Maine, Ricci is happy to bring his experience home and meet the growing needs of the AWS community. “I am honored and excited to join the AWS team to help both people and pets in the community,” says Ricci. “To be back home in Maine is great, but to be part of such an incredible organization with AWS, an organization committed to reinventing its role in the community, is even greater and has always been the dream since the early in my career.”

“As AWS has pivoted over the past five years to provide services not only to pets, but also to the people who love them, Adam’s success in creating such programming will be a tremendous asset. “said Abigail Smith, Executive Director of AWS. “His leadership will help AWS provide the best resources to meet our community’s animal-related needs.”

Ricci is a regular presenter at animal welfare conferences, has served on the board of several national animal organizations, and regularly volunteers in his local community. He and his family call southern Maine home with their five cats, a chihuahua and two guinea pigs.

The Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization, exists to provide shelter and humane care for pets in temporary need of housing, to assist in disaster response, and to further the cause of disaster. adoption and responsible ownership of animals through education and public awareness. The society actively promotes kindness, the elimination of cruelty and neglect to all animals, and people’s lifelong commitment to their pets.


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