Margot DeConna – Director of Development at the Humane Society

What made you interested in working for the Humane Society?

I have always had a passion for advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. I spent six and a half years working with abused and neglected children at the Child Advocacy Center. So, when I was looking for my next challenge, I relished the opportunity to do the same for local pets.

Do you have pets?

I have two fur-babies. My orange tabby, Tiberius, an eight-year-old domestic short hair who I adopted from Gainesville Pet Rescue in 2010 and Captain Jack, my feisty one-eyed brown tabby who I rescued on my third day of work at the Alachua County Humane Society!

What is the best thing that has happened at the shelter since you have been there?

The best thing that has happened since I joined the Alachua County Humane Society three years ago was when our community finally achieved no-kill status last year. The animal rescue partners had been working towards that goal for almost two decades so I am very happy to be a part of the team who got us there.

Can people volunteer and what type of commitment is it, can people just stop by to play with the animals?

Yes! People of all ages can volunteer with the Alachua County Humane Society or one of our rescue partners. Simply sign up online and attend a brief training course and you’ll be snuggling kitties and petting pups before you know it.

Is the shelter always open?

Our shelter is open 7 days a week, 365 days per year since our animals live on-site but we are only open to the public for adoptions between 12pm and 6 pm Thursday through Sunday.

What is the difference between the Humane Society and the local county shelter?

The biggest difference between the Alachua County Humane Society and Alachua County Animal Services (ACAS) is that ACAS is an open-intake, municipal shelter. They are funded by our local county government and tasked with taking in stray animals and owner surrendered pets, enforcing all animal-related ordinances and conducting animal-related investigations in cases like abuse, neglect, dog-fighting and animal hoarding. The Alachua County Humane Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in our community. This means we take in animals from local municipal shelters and keep them in our program until they are adopted thus preventing these municipal shelters from ever having to euthanize for space purposes.

Is there anything that the public should know about the Humane Society but don’t?

WE have some HUGE news to announce at our Woofstock event on Thursday, November 8th at Rembert Farms in Alachua, but mums the word until then!

Adopt today!
352-373-5855 AlachuaHumane.org