Furry Friends Announces the Appointment of a Nationally Recognized Animal Welfare Leader as Chief Operating Officer, Completing a Dynamic New Leadership Team


Furry Friends headquarters in Jupiter

“We are thrilled that Mary has joined us as COO to help advance our vision of a more humane Florida, where no shelter dog or cat is euthanized due to lack of space.”

Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch, an animal shelter and community center, today announced the appointment of Mary Martin as Chief Operating Officer. Martin rounds out a leadership team led by Executive Director Jason Gluck that also includes Director of Behavior and Training Kirsten Tourville.

“Since taking over in January, I have been focused on building a team of the best and the brightest in our field,” Gluck said. “We are thrilled that Mary has joined us as COO to help advance our vision of a more humane Florida, where no shelter dog or cat is euthanized due to lack of space. The vast Mary’s experience increasing live release rates, running large-scale programs to address the root causes of pet homelessness, and overseeing sanctuary care is a game-changer for our organization and our region.

Martin’s career in animal welfare spans three decades. She served as a director of some of the nation’s largest animal care and control organizations, including New York City and Maricopa County (Phoenix), and led the Santa Fe Humane Society through major expansion. Most recently, Martin was Executive Director of Sanctuary at Best Friends Animal Society, one of the nation’s largest humanitarian organizations. Martin’s successes in the field are many and far-reaching, and his policies are responsible for saving millions of animal lives.

“I’m so excited to join Jason and Furry Friends in this time of transformational change in animal care,” said Martin. “Furry Friends has a vision to change the animal welfare landscape in this state and beyond. I am ready to work on a list of deeply impactful initiatives, including a game-changing canine behavioral program, which we will be rolling out in the next The organization is uniquely positioned to work with other progressive animal welfare organizations and to help underfunded shelters throughout Florida.

Furry Friends’ new canine behavior program is led by Kirsten Tourville, who has joined the organization as Director of Behavior and Training. Tourville was previously Director of Operations at Dogs Playing For Life (DPFL), one of the world’s largest canine behavioral rehabilitation programs led by Aimee Sadler. DPFL’s highly trained team have had incredible success using playgroups to save the lives of dogs that were previously considered “unadoptable”. Region.

“I’m thrilled to bring this transformative model to Furry Friends,” Tourville said. “Playgroups have the potential to save and dramatically improve the lives of thousands of dogs in our region every year. In just a few days, we have seen wonderful progress here in Jupiter, and we will continue to expand our efforts at our 30-acre ranch in Palm City. The restless stories and smiling faces tell the story: playgroups save lives.

“It’s an honor to have Mary and Kirsten on my team as we help usher in this groundbreaking new era for Furry Friends,” said Executive Director Gluck. “Although our field has many challenges ahead, the future for Florida dogs and cats has never looked brighter.”

About Jason Gluck

Jason Gluck joined Furry Friends as Executive Director in January 2022. Prior to entering the nonprofit world, Gluck was an entertainment and media executive with a wide range of clients including Disney, Viacom, Nielsen Media Research and various high profile artists. He was instrumental in the team that catapulted Miley Cyrus and the Disney Channel Original Series “Hannah Montana” to international fame, creating one of the most successful and recognizable brands in recent history.

About furry friends

Since its inception in 1981, Furry Friends has rescued, rehabilitated and housed animals in Palm Beach and Martin counties. This year, we’re excited to introduce a slate of new programs aimed at saving lives by helping pets and people. These initiatives include providing free pet food to shelters in need, matching senior puppies with people, training life-changing service dogs for veterans, transporting animals from shelters overcrowded Florida to enthusiastic adopters across the United States, helping to keep pets in their homes by providing financial and behavioral services. resources, caring night and day for bottle-fed pediatric kittens and puppies, and fostering a more compassionate future through our humane education program.

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