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    Jessica is one of our Kennel Staff Members at our shelter.  She is a mother to 4 cats (Zeus, Batman, Aries, and Hammy), her dog (Mylie), and her son (Kyler) who shares her love for animals.  Jessica is a true cat lady at heart.  She and her wife (Jen) has been a fosters for the Humane Society of Richland County for many years.  Jessica’s passion is animals; her heart is an open door to any animal in need.  She hopes to one day become a humane agent and open up a rescue of her own to help even more animals in need.  Her main goal while working at the shelter is to better the life of the animals that come through the door and making sure that they feel loved and as if they are part of a family.

     Salli is our true dog whisperer at the Humane Society- she is dogs best friend. When she was little, she was well known in the neighborhood because she visited everyone’s dogs and cats. There was always a special connection between her and animals. She attended NC State and Ohio State and received her degree in social welfare. She worked at Mansfield City Schools as a special ed bus driver for 25 years and has worked at the Humane Society for 6 years. She is a mother to 3 sons and her 3 dogs (Elvis, Karma and Bunny) and a grandmother to 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

     At the shelter, Salli spends most of her days with all of our dogs. She considers all of them to be her dogs until they find their forever home. In her words, “I need them as much as they need me”.


Kristina Stone, Cat Manager

    Sydney is one of our Kennel Staff Members here at our shelter.  She currently has 3 rescue dogs and one cat; Frankie, Mila, Rambo, and Lucy Tiny Paws the cat.  Her passion for animals began from a young age that her parents passed along to her.  They taught her to always help any animal she sees.  Growing up, she always had special need pets in the family.  She is currently enrolled at Marion Tech.  She is excited to welcome her daughter into the world in August and pass along her passion and love she has for animals.  While working at the Humane Society of Richland County her main goals are to keep all the animals happy and healthy as well as keeping things at the shelter organized.​

​    ​​Kristina is our Cat Manager here at our shelter.  Her passion for animals began when she was a little girl- she and her step mother rescued and rehabilitated stray animals and then found them their forever home.  She currently has 7 rescues of her own; her dogs- Zoey, Jagger, Hank, and Duncan, and her cats- Vulcan, Neptune, and Jupiter.  Kristina is currently enrolled at San Juan University to become a veterinary technician.  She ultimately wants to work for a large animal clinic.

     Kristina’s goals while working at the Humane Society of Richland County stem from her passion for her cats.  She wants to be able to find a perfect match for each cat and each person who comes into our shelter.  Our ultimate match-maker!  She literally loves all of our cats as if they were her own- in her words, “each animal has their own personality, and their new home has to match that spark”.  Kristina always makes sure that cleanliness is top priority for the health of the animals and to make sure that all the cats have a cozy environment they can enjoy until they get adopted.  She also helps out with most of our shelter maintenance, always making sure things are running smoothly.

      A true cat lady and a clean fanatic- Emily is our shelter manager. She grew up in Columbus and moved to Mansfield when she met her husband. Emily is a mother to her son and a mother to seven cats (Cali, Clyo, Lilkee, Buttons, Olive, Lotus, and Pickles), two dogs (Kiwi and Juniper), and one fish (Violet). Her passion for animals started the moment she knew what animals were and her love for cats is inherited from her Grandmother. She started volunteering at her local Humane Society in 7th grade and was always involved with animals since. She attended Ohio University and received a bachelor degree in commercial photography, specializing in fashion photography with pets. No matter where life had taken her, animals were always her focus.
     While working at the Humane Society of Richland County, Emily wants to help the shelter be more successful by making sure it stays clean, organized, and all the animals stay healthy and happy. She is always making sure that our shelter looks and smells great for visitors. Emily always strives to find new ways to improve and organize our shelter and make it the best it can be!

Emily Worthington, Shelter Manager

Heather Brocklesby, Kennel Staff

Jessica Gary, Kennel Staff

    Heather is one of our Kennel Staff Members here at the shelter. Her love for animals started when she was young; she never had any pets growing up, but always aspired to have them.  She became vegetarian when she was 13 which only fueled her passion for animals and their well-being.  Heather was always the “pet-sitter” for her friends and family and loved volunteering at the Dog Warden and at the Humane Society.  When she is not at the shelter, she is a barista- her favorite part of her day is getting to see the dogs when they pull up at the drive-thru and seeing how excited they become when they get their treats. Since working at the Humane Society of Richland County, she now has two rescues of her own; her dog Frankie, and her cat Gertrude.
    One of Heather’s favorite aspects of working at the shelter is to be able to create a safe, clean, and happy environment for the animals that haven’t had the chance to experience that type of care or affection before.  In her words, “Seeing them grow more comfortable around people and getting stronger and healthier- enough to go to their forever homes- is really rewarding”.  In her future, she would love to combine her two favorite things, coffee and animals, and open up her own cat café!  Heather is always eager to learn as much as she can, and she truly feels lucky to work for the Humane Society of Richland County - “I am proud of the work we do for these animals and our community”.

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Ashley Bly, Kennel Staff

Sydney Jennette, Kennel Staff

    Ashley is one of our Kennel Staff Members here at our shelter.  She has always had a passion and love for animals since she can remember.  She always takes each and every opportunity she has to volunteer and or help stray animals in need.  Ashley currently has three rescue dogs of her own at home; Thor, Madi, and Scooter.  When Ashley is not working, she and her husband always go to our local dog shelters and take photos of them and walk each and every dog.  In her words, “It’s so rewarding seeing them improve and then get adopted”.  Ashley’s favorite aspect of working at the Humane Society of Richland County is being able to help the sick animals and providing them with affection and the care they so desperately need.

     Our rock, our most loyal and dedicated staff member here at our shelter, our director; Missy. She has been with the Humane Society of Richland County for 11 years and a Humane Agent for 10. This job is her life and her passion. Since she was a little girl, she has been involved with animals her whole life. Prior to working at our shelter, she was a volunteer for the Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, the Dog Warden’s Office, Gorman Nature Center, a rescue transport, worked at a Kennel at a Vet’s office, and literally helped any animal she could.
     Missy is a mother to her 14 year old son who shares her love and passion for cats. She is also a mother to 4 Dogs (Lucas, Fergie, Monkey, Asha), 7 cats (Laba, Cat-Bob, Sgt. Stripes, Nopa, Barbosa, Moose, and Vandy), and at the shelter 5 rats (Clover, Boromir, Papa Pistachio, GusGus, and Remy) and one beta fish (Michael Phelps). At the shelter, Missy spends her time communicating with the public, ensuring that all animals are healthy and happy here, and working very hard to keep improving our shelter in any way she can.  

Missy Houghton, Shelter Director