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Inga Fricke

Director, Shelter and Rescue Group Services

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Inga Fricke is The HSUS's Director of Shelter and Rescue Group Services. Lisa J. Godfrey

Inga Fricke is Director of The HSUS's Shelter and Rescue Group Services.

Fricke oversees all programs and services designed to elevate the standards of animal care in shelters and rescue groups nationwide, and to assist animal-care professionals in their lifesaving work.

Before joining The HSUS, Fricke spent nearly 10 years working in private and public animal shelters, first serving as administrator of the Wyandot County (Ohio) Humane Society/H.O.P.E. Clinic and helping to found the Wyandot County Equine Rescue, and later as Shelter Manager for Loudoun County (Va.) Animal Care and Control.  

She also has an extensive history of volunteer work in shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and disaster response.

Fricke earned her J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School in 1994, and specialized in environmental law and community protection before turning her attention to animal welfare full time. 

She has since become a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) through the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, and is a Certified Euthanasia Technician and Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator. Fricke is certified in Incident Command, and she has deployed with The HSUS to assist in natural disaster, animal hoarding, and puppy mill cases across the nation. She is also a member of the Red Rover disaster response team.

Fricke currently serves as an adviser to  the board of Shelter Animals Count: The National Shelter Database, and sits on the editorial board of the New Parent Guide, a publication for new adopters of dogs and cats.

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