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Melissa Rubin

Senior Vice President, Animal Response, Care and Sanctuary

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Melissa Rubin is the Senior Vice President of Animal Response, Care, and Sanctuary at the Humane Society of the United States. Michelle Riley/The HSUS

Melissa Rubin is the Senior Vice President of Animal Response, Care, and Sanctuary at the Humane Society of the United States. She 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 also serves as Secretary for The Fund for Animals.

In this capacity she is responsible for the direct care programs at HSUS which provide direct care to over 30,000 animals each year. This includes wildlife rescue and rehabilitation; animal sanctuary; veterinary services in rural communities; rescue and confiscation of suffering animals on large scales from cruel and neglectful situations; providing assistance to law enforcement agencies in prosecution efforts; and helping to find permanent placement of such animal victims upon successful conclusion of these criminal cases.

Melissa has an extensive background in animal protection with the responsibility of managing care for thousands of animals across the country from a diversity of species. Melissa has led The HSUS through many natural disasters, including Hurricanes Floyd, which triggered the third largest evacuation at that time in US history; Charlie, a category 4 hurricane which destroyed 12,000 homes in Central Florida; Frances, a category 2 hurricane that battered Florida’s east coast, and Katrina, with sustained winds over 175 mph reached category 5 hurricane status.

Melissa is an attorney who joined The HSUS over 25 years ago as the assistant general counsel. 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 her 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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