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New Director of Animal Care and Adoption Chosen
- Lauralei Combs arrives from nation's largest no-kill open intake shelter -

DATE: February 22, 2018 
MEDIA CONTACT: Henry Sniezek, Director
Environmental Protection and Growth Management

PHONE: 954-357-6670 
EMAIL: hsniezek@broward.og

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - The Environmental Protection and Growth Management Division is pleased to announce today the appointment of Lauralei Combs as its new Director of Animal Care and Adoption. Combs comes to the County from the Austin Animal Center in Texas, as part of their senior leadership team in the Volunteer Programs department, where she developed and managed volunteer driven lifesaving programs and oversaw a staff of 50 volunteers.  Austin Animal Center is the largest no kill municipal facility in the country, sheltering more than 18,000 animals each year. The facility reports a 96 percent live release rate, one of the highest in the nation.

"We are very pleased to have found such an enthusiastic and creative candidate for this important position," said Monica Cepero, Deputy County Administrator.

Henry Sniezek, Director of Environmental Protection and Growth Management noted that "Lauralei has a wealth of knowledge of what it takes to be a successful no kill community and her results oriented approach will help get Broward County to where we strive to be."

Combs is known for her success in forging community partnerships with local businesses and non-profits, as well as with animal rights groups and rescue organizations. She has spearheaded several successful lifesaving volunteer driven programs including DOGS 101 and CATS101, a humane educational pet fostering program in partnership with the Travis County Sheriff's Department. Combs has also been instrumental in obtaining significant grants to enhance shelter operations and save Austin taxpayer money.

A proven leader and advocate for a no-kill community philosophy, Combs is a creative innovator focused on community safety and developing lifesaving programs for pets. Her first day at Broward County Animal Care and Adoption is March 19, 2018.

About Animal Care             
Broward County Animal Care and Adoption is dedicated to providing shelter for lost and homeless animals. The agency provides access to hundreds of shelter pets hoping for a new home. Please prevent unwanted animals and have your pet spayed or neutered. For more information, visit our
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