Director, Pet Protection and Policy
Cory Smith is the director of The Humane Society of the United States' Pet Protection and Policy section.
Smith has an extensive background in animal protection and has been a staff member of our companion animals department since 2005.
Smith currently works on policy and programs designed to strengthen pet ownership and keep more pets in their homes for life. In her tenure with The HSUS, she helped develop and implement The HSUS's Pets for Life program, the Gulf Coast Spay-Neuter campaign, and other prevention-based initiatives like World Spay Day.
Smith began her tenure with The HSUS designing resources for animal care and control professionals and remains an integral part of Animal Care Expo, The HSUS's annual training and education conference and the largest national gathering of animal care and control professionals.
She has contributed to Animal Sheltering magazine, The HSUS's award-winning journal for shelters and rescues, and developed numerous resources for animalsheltering.org, The HSUS's online resource for the animal care and sheltering community.
Before joining The HSUS, Smith worked in the animal care and control field, serving the community as an animal control officer, humane law enforcement officer, and field services supervisor for a high-volume city agency. She taught humane education in an urban school district, sat on a city-wide anti-violence task force, and co-instructed workshops on violence against women and animals.
Smith holds a B.A. in sociology and a certificate of study in women's studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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