Mandel resigns as executive director of the Humane Society

Search for new executive director to be conducted this summer


The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) Board of Directors announced Friday that it has accepted the resignation of Executive Director Michael Mandel.

According to Humane Society leadership, Mandel took the position for a term of sixteen months. “Mandel has brought several important initiatives to fulfillment for the benefit of the county’s only open admission animal shelter. Under Mandel’s direction, the Play Dogs Play program has led to an improvement in the Shelter’s ability to adopt out more dogs; a foster care program for cats has resulted in more cat adoptions; the new wellness clinic has resulted in an increased ability to serve animals with medical and dental needs; and, outreach has been significantly expanded to underserved communities including Fellsmere,” read a statement released by the Humane Society. 

During Mandel’s tenure, the shelter also participated in the rescue of dogs from a South Korean meat farm in conjunction with the Humane Society International, several domestic rescues and played a central role in reuniting pets and their owners from Puerto Rico who were separated and displaced by Hurricane Maria.

A search for a new Executive Director will be conducted this summer.


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