The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP) is thrilled to introduce Jess Townsend, our new Director of Operations. Jess will be charged with a variety of key roles at the ARLGP including managing daily facility operations, community services and program offerings, and our animal intake and adoption program.
Jess comes to the ARLGP with a significant background in animal welfare. After discovering her passion for animal welfare and adoption while volunteering with a cat rescue, Jess Townsend began her professional career in animal welfare in 2007 at the Maryland SPCA in Baltimore. Coming to the industry with an education in psychology and art from Providence College, and a professional background ranging from graphic design to marketing, she felt she had found her calling working with animals in need. Jess joined the Washington Humane Society in 2009 and over the course of five years she was privileged to be part of a team making huge strides in their life-saving programs as well as managing a large, urban animal shelter at an exciting time of growth and change. Bringing that experience in innovation, flexibility and progress to the ARLGP, Jess is excited to be coming back to New England. She joins our Greater Portland community with her two adopted dogs, Helga and Legolas (who started as her foster dog and never left) and her two adopted cats, Laila and Banshee.
Patsy Murphy, Executive Director, is confident Jess will make an excellent addition to the ARLGP team, “She will be a strong asset to our organization as we increase community awareness of our services and programs and continue our fundraising for a new adoption and community center.”
Please join us in welcoming Jess to the ARLGP! The next time you are in, feel free to say hello and welcome her to our wonderful community of animals and animal-lovers.