FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2013
Contact: Kerry Pettit
Animal Welfare League Names New Board President
Busko sisters honored for years of service
Warren, OH– In a meeting held February 7th, the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County (AWL) announced a new board president, Dr. Jeff Williams. At the same meeting, former board president, Barbara Busko and former secretary Mary Busko, were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their 40 years of tireless dedication and work on behalf of AWL. Both women will remain on the board with emeritus status.
The new board president, Dr. Jeff Williams, is a veterinarian and owner of Countryside Veterinary Service, Inc. In accepting his new position, Dr. Williams stated, “The first order of business for me and the board is to extend our deepest gratitude to Barb and Mary Busko for their life of dedication and vision for care of the stray, abandoned, and abused animals of Trumbull County.”
Williams pointed out that the sisters’ long-time vision of a new shelter is coming to light as the AWL has recently broken ground for a new 47,000 sq. ft. facility in Vienna. The new facility, described as a first of its kind in the country, is projected to open in September of 2013.
According to Williams, with the new shelter underway, the AWL is now collaborating with the Trumbull County Commissioners and Dog Warden to house the Dog Pound at the new facility. Having both groups in one common location will make it easier for area residents to know where to take a found pet, and where to look for a lost pet.
Additionally, Kent State University will use the new facility as a teaching center for their Veterinary Technician Program. Students will receive hands-on training and shelter animals will receive health care, socialization and increased adoption potential.
“This will be a shelter that revolutionizes the way of caring for animals in our community.” said Williams. “I am inspired and honored to be a part of this organization.”
The Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County is a non-profit humane organization dedicated to protecting the rights of unwanted, neglected, abandoned, and abused animals to live without pain and suffering. Founded in 1969, the Animal Welfare League has evolved into one of Ohio’s foremost shelters, leading the way in direct animal care, community outreach and education, animal advocacy, and fighting animal cruelty at every level. To learn more, please visit www.animalwelfareohio.com or call 330-394-3512.