Kim Janzen, president and executive director of Kansas Humane Society for the last decade, will be leaving in October to take a job as head of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County in Raleigh, N.C., KHS announced Thursday.
“It is an understatement to say that Kim has been a driving force in the growth and success of the organization for the past 10 years,” Margaret Dechant, Kansas Humane Society board chair, said in a statement. “Through her leadership, Kim has moved KHS and the entire Wichita community forward on many different levels.
“We will benefit from her influence for many years to come.”
KHS provides care and services for 16,000 pets annually in Wichita, according to the organization’s website. In 2009, the nonprofit moved its facilities to a new, $10.2 million complex at Hillside and K-96.
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When Janzen arrived in 2003, the live-release rate of the animals taken in by the shelter was 23 percent. Now the rate is 75 percent, KHS spokeswoman Jennifer Campbell said.
“The last 10 years have been the most rewarding and fulfilling years of my career,” Janzen said. “It has been a true privilege to be a part of this organization’s transformation.”
The board is establishing an executive search committee to select Janzen’s replacement. Karla Hartlep, director of operations, will serve as interim CEO.