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New director named at Belmont County Animal Shelter

Updated: Monday, April 28 2014, 12:39 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- It's a new day -- and possibly a new era -- at the Belmont County Animal Shelter.
The board that oversees the shelter has named Angela Hatfield as its new director.
The Animal Rescue League Board of Directors said they believed Hatfield's education, business knowledge and good rapport with community leaders made her the right choice for the job.
Hatfield is no newcomer to the facility, or its animals.
She's played an active role in numerous improvements at the shelter during the past 3 months as a member of the “Belmont county animal rescue league board,” which runs the shelter.
Plus Hatfield totes a slew of supervisory skills in her back pocket.
“I have a long history of management skills that I'm bringing with me,” she said. “United Parcel Service, I was there for 23 years and also managed the philanthropy from the UPS foundation, and then I have a background with fundraising politically, nationally and locally.”
On Monday, News9 toured the shelter with employees, noting a number of recent upgrades, including this new interactive room. It’s  equipped with donated furniture so those interested in adopting can get 1-on-1 time with a potentially new member of the family.
And there are even bigger plans on the drawing board for this shelter.
“One of the things I'm really excited about is we're going to be opening a thrift store in the area, up town, hopefully (in) St. Clairsville,” Hatfield said.
“We're looking for a storefront so that we can get that off the ground. And we're also looking for a new name that might be catchy for someone out there to call the shelter and give us a name that might be nice for our facility and all the proceeds will go to the animal shelter."
Plus there's a new dream, a new vision, for the future of this shelter: A brand new one.
"We've been working with an architect, and we're hopeful to move that vision forward,” Hatfield said. “And I think by doing all of those things, we're moving toward the future and not concentrating on the past."
As shelter director, Hatfield will be responsible for managing personnel, records, facilities maintenance and fundraising. It's quite a task, but one the board feels Hatfield will adjust just fine.

New director named at Belmont County Animal Shelter


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