Director of Animal Care
Michelle Weaver is the director of animal care at Best Friends. She oversees each of the animal care areas at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, ensuring that exemplary care is being given to the Sanctuary’s animals. She works closely with Best Friends staff and trainers to develop resources that can be shared with others in the rescue community. To be sure all of the animal species are receiving the best possible care, Michelle encourages her staff to continually develop their skills and knowledge.
Michelle joined Best Friends in 1997 as a caregiver in Dogtown and progressed to a manager role in Dogtown in 2004. Michelle led the Dogtown support of Best Friends’ efforts after Hurricane Katrina, Pets Alive New York, the Lebanon rescue and the Sanctuary’s rescue of the 22 Vicktory dogs.
In her current role as animal care director, Michelle works with the team to grow the lifesaving role of the Sanctuary in achieving Best Friends’ mission while continuously improving the quality of care for all of the animals that Best Friends rescues.