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Blue Ridge Humane Society names new director

Angela Prodrick has been named executive director of the Blue Ridge Humane Society and officially began her new role on Nov. 26, replacing Lutrelle O'Cain, who retired. Prodrick comes on board as the shelter celebrates a record adoption year.

“For the last three years Angela has been an invaluable member of the Blue Ridge Humane Society family,” Blue Ridge Humane Society Board of Directors Chair Caroline Gunther said in a news release. “Angela’s passion for our mission is evident and I am elated to have her continue with us in her new role.”

Prodrick, a graduate of New York State University at Geneseo, brings a wealth of knowledge to the role with more than seven years’ experience in animal welfare. Prior to taking the position of Community Outreach and Volunteer Director with Blue Ridge Humane in 2015, Prodrick worked at the Seneca Park (New York) Zoo and as Humane Education Manager at Lollypop Farm Humane Society of Greater Rochester. During her tenure with Blue Ridge Humane, Angela created and facilitated our volunteer programs, the community pet food assistance program, the pet rehoming incentive, pet helpline, vaccine clinics, as well as our Meals on Wheels Pet Pals program, Safe Haven, Reading to the Rescue and school-based animal humane education programs.

She is a member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators, a 2018 graduate of Vision Henderson County, and a volunteer as a Raptor Care/Interpreter & Education Docent at the WNC Nature Center. Prodrick resides in Hendersonville with her rescue cat Ampersand and Laverne, a BRHS rescue dog and frequent visitor at local elementary schools.
“It is a true honor to be offered this opportunity,” Prodrick said. “I have called Blue Ridge Humane Society home for the last three years. During that time I have seen the number of lives we saved increase each year. As we look to 2019, I am confident that we will continue to expand our reach and better serve the pet and pet owners of our community. I look forward to working in my new capacity with our dynamic team of volunteers and staff as we continue to dedicate ourselves to our mission: to save the lives of those who have no voice."