Anyone who loves animals understands the value of Jan McHugh-Smith’s professional accomplishments.
For 27 years, Humane Society CEO McHugh-Smith has focused her career efforts in service of animal welfare, leading others to save and improve the lives of animals through educational programs, spay and neuter clinics, awareness-building campaigns, and supervising the of construction of building new shelters.
From the time she was small, McHugh-Smith enjoyed visiting her local children’s museum and aquarium. These visits turned into a student internship. Her love of animals poised her to follow a career path.
Equipped with a music degree from University of Colorado at Boulder and a degree from Southern Connecticut State University, McHugh-Smith learned how to conduct others in a guiding capacity. As CEO of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, McHugh-Smith oversees the largest animal shelter in southern and western Colorado, helping 34,000 animals a year.
“Kennel Technician” was McHugh-Smith’s first shelter job, which means she cleaned up after the dogs. For six weeks, she paid her dues cleaning the kennels at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley before moving on to the front desk, where she learned the ropes of the reception area, helping owners reclaim lost pets, process adoption requests, and a myriad of other tasks. Smith eventually moved into the role of CEO.
During her tenure as president of the San Francisco S.P.C.A., McHugh-Smith increased pet adoption by 20 percent while overseeing the construction of the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center.
In Colorado’s Pikes Peak Region, she helped launch the Snipster, a subsidized mobile spay and neuter clinic for cats of low-income pet owners and maintains the regions CATS.N.I.P spay and neuter program, and a trap-neuter-return (TNR) program.
McHugh-Smith serves on the board of CATalyst Council, is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA), a chairperson of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), and host of “Your Pets Matter” radio show on KRDO.