October 20, 2020

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Announces New President and CEO

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Announces New President and CEO

Duane Adams brings more than 37 years of animal welfare and leadership experience

October 20, 2020 Colorado Springs, CO – The Board of Directors of Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Duane Adams as President and CEO effective November 2. Adams comes to HSPPR, southern Colorado’s largest animal welfare organization, from Denver, Colorado, where he was vice president of community solutions at the Denver Dumb Friends League since 2010.

“I am truly honored for the opportunity to step into the position of President and CEO of HSPPR and to be a part of and lead a team of amazing animal advocates serving the people and pets of our community,” says Adams. “I’ve had an extensive career in animal welfare for decades, not only here in Colorado but also Arizona and New Mexico. I’ve learned so much along the way and especially want to acknowledge my years at the Denver Dumb Friends League. That role allowed me to work closely with Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, a remarkable organization with an incredible history and very bright future.”

Adams brings more than 37 years of both nonprofit and animal welfare expertise, including executive director roles at other animal welfare organizations. Prior to his work with Dumb Friends League, he was the executive director of Yavapi Humane Society in Prescott, Arizona, executive director of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and vice president of operations and animal services at Arizona Humane Society in Phoenix. He is director of the Colorado Humane Society & SPCA, a commissioned agent of the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Animal Protection, a member of the Association for Animal Advancement and the Colorado Horse Council, and a board member of the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies.

“Duane brings great expertise in animal welfare, and because of his work with Denver Dumb Friends, he understands the importance of our role in this community,” says HSPPR board chair Lindie Eads. “We are looking forward to working with him to see what his leadership can bring as we build the future of HSPPR and socially conscious sheltering in Colorado and beyond.”

Adams currently lives in Denver with his wife, two adopted dogs, Burt and Cupid, and an adopted cat, Coqui.

Duane Adams is available from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. today for Zoom interviews with media. Contact Gretchen Pressley to schedule.

Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region is the largest nonprofit animal shelter in southern Colorado. Serving nearly 25,000 animals a year, HSPPR provides adoption options, animal cruelty investigations, subsidized spays/neuters, a Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats, and other important services. Its Bite Blotter is used to track the quantity, severity, victim types and locations of domestic animal bites to create a safer and more informed community. Rated four stars by Charity Navigator, HSPPR is a local, independent nonprofit that relies on donations from the community to fund its many humane programs. For more information, visit www.hsppr.org.