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Melissa Rubin

Senior Vice President, Animal Response, Care and Sanctuary

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Melissa Rubin is senior vice president of animal response, care and sanctuary for The HSUS. Michelle Riley/The HSUS

Melissa Rubin is responsible for the management of The HSUS's five animal care centers, The HSUS Animal Rescue Team and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

She helps develop the care centers and build support for them within their communities and nationwide. 

A leader at The HSUS for 20 years, Rubin measurably grew the size and impact of the Field Services section over the last several years. She also previously managed the Rural Area Veterinary Services program, which has provided free veterinary care, as well as thousands of spay/neuter services, to pets of low-income families.

Rubin joined The HSUS in 1990 as the assistant general counsel. In 1994, she was given the responsibility of overseeing Field and Emergency Services. She oversaw the growth of the Emergency Services program from a staff of one and led The HSUS though many disasters, including the Red River Floods and Hurricanes Floyd, Charlie, Frances, and Katrina.

Her involvement in animal protection began in 1983 when she founded Students for Animal Welfare, the first college animal protection organization at American University. Rubin received a degree in environmental science from American University and went on to obtain her Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law. She has a certificate in non-profit business and management from Johns Hopkins University.

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