Ashleigh Young started at Animal Care in June of 2020 as the Operations Manager. In April of 2021, she was promoted to Deputy Director of Animal Care after an intensive nation-wide search and interviewing process. She then served as Interim Director in
June of 2021 when previous Director Rollin Cook resigned. She was then appointed to Director by the Davis County Commission just last month.
Prior to working at Animal Care of Davis County, Ashleigh served in numerous capacities within shelters over the past ten years, including as a Kennel Manager, Foster Coordinator, and her very first role in animal welfare as a Shelter Technician. Ashleigh
has really "earned her stripes" working up the ranks in animal welfare.
'" have come through the organization and have touched a lot of different functions within Animal Services as an actual doer. A really wise leader once told me that every single day is a job interview. I have taken that to heart and will continue to work hard for the animals entrusted in our care and the staff/volunteers here at Animal Care."
Ashleigh hopes her tenure will curb what has been a recent history of rapidly-rotating leadership at the shelter, build better community and city relations, and open the door to an improved facility.
She has stated that "at the core of current needs is a new animal shelter. The physical structure of the present facility (built more than 50 years ago) is a 'huge constraint'. While the entity's scope has expanded, it's space has become metaphorically smaller. The more things that we're trying to do, the less space we have to do them".
There are new programs the shelter has implemented or wants to implement. This includes the new community cat program, a Foster Care program, and a very strong volunteer program.
"And just the logistics of trying to figure out where to stick all these new people is also an issue".
She explains that the other problems within the current facility include the air conditioning systems, which are currently not conducive for the Utah summers and that the facility becomes too hot for the animals and staff.
Young says she knows stability and transparency is essential to Animal Care of Davis County's success, as is building - or in some cases, rebuilding - the community's trust.
"One of my biggest goals is to make sure the public knows what we say is what we're doing, and if they have any questions about why we're making decisions, then I have an open door".
Ashleigh said she wants the relationship between Animal Care of Davis County and the community to be one of mutual support.
"It's not an animal services issue that we're in, it's a community issue. And without community support, and community help, we're never going to succeed. That's something that I think we really need to build on".