Board of AnimalWorks welcomes new members

AnimalWorks has welcomed a certified animal welfare administrator and a dedicated volunteer to its executive board.

Jim Tedford, a certified animal welfare administrator, serves as president of Alpha Dog Strategies, where he specializes in strategic planning, board development, and staff board training for non-profit organizations. For the past four and a half years, he has worked with non-profit organizations in the animal welfare market to develop direct mail, direct marketing and fund raising strategies. Jim’s previous experience includes serving as a regional director for the Humane Society of the United States and as president of the national Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA). Jim holds a degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

For the past 25 years, Fern Aron has dedicated most of her time actively participating in volunteer work for animal welfare organizations and equine therapeutic riding programs. Most recently, Fern has been involved with S.T.A.R. (Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding) in Knoxville as a lesson volunteer using horses and horse-related activities to foster personal growth for persons with disabilities. She provided the same service at Jensen’s Riding Stables and EquiCenter, both in upstate New York. She also was an active volunteer and advocate for Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society in Rochester, New York. Fern has BS and MS degrees in education and has taught in the NYC public schools and subsequently was the Law Office Administrator for the Travelers Insurance Company. In addition, Fern has extensive managerial experience with various accounting, construction and financial services companies.

The mission of AnimalWorks is to reduce the homeless pet population in East Tennessee. Since its inception in September 2001, AnimalWorks has spayed or neutered over 14,000 animals and found homes for more than 5,000 cats and dogs.

AnimalWorks’ spay and neuter clinic is at 3377 Regal Drive behind West Chevrolet off Alcoa Highway.

To make an appointment to spay or neuter a pet, or for more information about AnimalWorks’ services, call 865-379-2227 or visit www.animalworkstn.org.

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