Vermont Business Magazine In the fall of 2016, Nancy Cathcart was preparing for long-needed bilateral knee replacement surgery when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The Board and staff accommodated her leave of absence and part-time status through treatments. As she approached another extended leave of absence for knee replacement surgery, she made the decision to resign her position to focus on her healing and recovery.
“It has been the greatest challenge and the greatest learning experience of my career as President & CEO of the Humane Society of Chittenden County. HSCC is a much relied on community jewel for people and their animals – for those unable to care for their pets and for those wishing to adopt. I have the greatest respect for all those associated with the mission and I leave with a heavy heart but full of pride for all that we have accomplished. I have no doubt that thanks to the strategic planning of the Board, there are many more great things to come.” - Nancy Cathcart, out-going President & CEO
“Nancy leaves the legacy of a vibrant organization with a strong strategic plan, a professional and compassionate staff, an engaged Board, a solid and growing donor base, and productive and collaborative relationships with the other shelters in the region, animal welfare groups, local vendors, media, and many community groups. Nancy has absolutely been an incredible and effective CEO. Due in great part to Nancy's professionalism, diligence and stewardship for this organization, we are in a strong place to reach out to find our next CEO and continue the work of this great organization. We will continue on in the progress that Nancy has worked so hard to achieve.” - Susan McMillan, Chair, Board of Directors
The leadership of the Board of Directors and representatives from HSCC staff and community are developing a transition plan to identify a new President & CEO. Nancy Cathcart’s last day is Friday, September 15, 2017.
About the Humane Society of Chittenden County
HSCC is a private and independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving both Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties whose mission is to foster compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent animal suffering through: sheltering homeless & unwanted pets; timely efforts to place each animal in a responsible & caring home; animal cruelty investigation; feral cat colony management (TNR); and humane education.
We receive no government funding, and are not affiliated with a national organization. HSCC relies almost entirely upon donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to meet the annual $960,000 cost of running our shelter.