Lora O’Connor: Executive Director
In 2000, it was a tiny, homeless, bright orange kitten that Lora fostered shortly after accepting a job at a small, progressive Montana shelter that launched her into a career in animal welfare. Later named Chuck, he lived with Lora and her husband for 18 years, and was the inspiration behind her work to expand the shelter’s foster program, in an effort to save more lives. She went on to become an animal behaviorist, opened a dog training company, and then became the shelter’s outreach coordinator, introducing a critter camp for kids and expanding the volunteer program. Filling in a vacant executive director role in 2007, she remained in that job for almost a decade, increasing the adoption rate from 75 to 98%.
“I’m 100% positive the reason I stayed in the field were the many continuing education opportunities afforded me. Coming back from a conference, I always felt energized to help more people and pets. I’m thrilled to be able to focus on getting kitten-focused life-saving resources to animal protection agencies throughout the country.”
Lora lives in Missoula, Montana and shares her house with her mountain biking obsessed husband, a deaf Australian shepherd mix named Wyatt and a temporary foster cat, Tom. She has decades of fond memories of recently passed pets—Chuck, Henry and Phoebe. Lora also enjoys boxing, yoga, traveling, and Chicago Cubs baseball.
Lora can be reached at email@example.com or 406.543.2633.