One Team.
One Vision.

Shelter Animals Count is a new, collaborative initiative formed by a diverse group of stakeholders to create and share a national database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts, and enabling insights that will save lives.

Gary Weitzman

Gary Weitzman joined San Diego Humane Society as its President and CEO in 2012. A Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, he recently served as Chair of the Board of the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and is a board member of Shelter Animals Count, and serves on the board of Mama’s Kitchen, a San Diego nonprofit committed to providing food for people with chronic illnesses. An Air Force veteran, he earned a double BA in Biology and English from Colby College, a master’s in International Public Health from Boston University and his DVM from Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Weitzman was the former co-host of the nationally distributed public radio program “The Animal House,” and is the author of eight books published by National Geographic: “Everything Dogs,” “How to Speak Dog,” “How to Speak Cat” and “Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness." His latest books from National Geographic Kids are National Geographic’s “Dog Breed Guide” and “Cat Breed Guide” which were released in September 2019. Two upcoming books on dog and cat behavior will be published in the winter of 2020.