Jan McHugh-Smith is the President/CEO of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, an open-admission organization with two facilities serving 25,000 animals annually throughout Southern Colorado. She is the past Chair and current Board member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), a professional association that advocates humane ideals through the professional development of animal welfare leaders. She serves as the Chair of the CATalyst Council which works to increase awareness and raise the level of care and welfare for cats. Jan speaks on animal welfare issues at conferences all over the United States.
Jan’s animal welfare experience over the past 29 years also includes being President of the San Francisco SPCA, San Francisco CA; CEO of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Boulder CO; and Director of Eagle County Animal Control, Eagle CO. Previously, Jan served on the American Humane Association Advisory Board, HSUS Companion Animal Advisory Committee, participated in developing the Asilomar Accords and is working on the national database project, Shelter Animal’s Count to collect data from animal shelters.
She is a Certified Animal Welfare Professional (CAWA), earned her Bachelors in Music at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Bachelors of Science at Southern Connecticut State University.
Most importantly she shares her life with her husband, son and four wonderful shelter dogs, Pepito, Flint, Molly, and Buddy – four small but mighty Terriers and Chihuahuas.