Meet our New Executive Director – Jill Vacchina Dobbs, J.D.

The SPCA of Northern Nevada (SPCA) welcomes Jill Vacchina Dobbs, J.D. as the Executive Director. Jill is a native Nevadan. She graduated with honors from UC-Santa Barbara, worked in the financial services and tech industries, and graduated cum laude from Gonzaga Law School. After graduation, she moved to Truckee, CA where she primarily practiced transactional and nonprofit law. She joined the board of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, serving the last 10 years, with 6 years as Board President.

She looks forward to applying her skills to help the SPCA continue to grow and improve our Adoption Center operations. “After an exhaustive nationwide search, I am pleased to introduce Jill Vacchina Dobbs as the new Executive Director of SPCA of Northern Nevada.  In addition to Jill’s exemplary education and diverse and demanding work experience, she brings the type of energy and passion needed to advance the SPCA’s Mission and Vision.” States Timothy Erwin, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the SPCA.  Jill will help the SPCA create innovative programs to address the underlying causes of shelter overpopulation while unifying our region through a love of companion animals. Dobbs states that she came to the SPCA because “One of the biggest attractors was the SPCA’s mission: “innovative regional leader in the responsible treatment of homeless cats and dogs…” The inspiration locked within this mission is truly exciting and opens the doors to a myriad of innovative possibilities to save homeless dogs and cats.” The SPCA completed 1,864 adoptions of rescued and homeless pets in 2016 and Dobbs is determined to continue that steady rise in positive adoption outcomes. “As individuals, we have the ability to affect positive change every day. I get to exploit that ability and work hard every day to advocate and fundraise for homeless pets and work with passion-driven people,” states Dobbs.

Dobbs will manage the day to day operations at the SPCA, as well as fundraising, business development, program innovation, and public outreach. Her education and experience are impressive and combined with her absolute passion for animal welfare, she is the ideal leader for the organization. “Shelter overpopulation results in the repugnant euthanasia of approximately 4 million adoptable pets every year in the U.S. that our careless actions bring into being in the first place. Animals would never treat us like this. This movement has made tremendous strides in the last 30 years, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I am happy, and honored, to be a part of this important work,” explains Dobbs.

Like many Northern Nevadans, Jill is an active outdoor enthusiast. She enjoys hiking, skiing, wakeboarding, swimming, cycling and simply playing. She’s constantly entertained by her son and SPCA-NN rescues, Gracie and Butters. Jill knows she has the greatest job in the world and the SPCA is very lucky to have her at our helm as we strive to make all of northern Nevada a safe and loving community for pets.

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