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The HSUS Announces New Illinois State Director

Kristen Strawbridge will be responsible for building statewide support for animal protection, assisting animal shelters, and working alongside local law enforcement agencies.

The Humane Society of the United States has named Kristen Strawbridge as the new Illinois state director. Strawbridge will lead The HSUS’ animal welfare efforts throughout Illinois. She will be responsible for building statewide support for animal protection, assisting animal shelters, and working alongside local law enforcement agencies in emergency animal rescues and disaster preparedness.

“I am honored to join The Humane Society of the United States, and I look forward to working diligently to improve the lives of animals in Illinois,” said Strawbridge, who lives in Chicago with her spirited shih tzu/rat terrier mix, Hillary.

Prior to joining The HSUS, Strawbridge worked as an attorney at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and was appointed by the governor’s legislative director to serve as the liaison to the Joint Task Force on Breeding and Pet Stores to help resolve the dispute between advocates and the Department of Agriculture. She earned a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School and a B.S. from Indiana University. While at John Marshall, she was an active member of the school's Animal Law Society and PAWS Chicago, and she also worked as an intern for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

Strawbridge’s law experience and passion for animals will strengthen The HSUS’ work in the state, which includes working on state and federal legislation to help Illinois’ animals. She has a good momentum to step into, as several important bills were passed last year.

Also in Illinois, The HSUS started its first End Dogfighting program in Chicago in 2006, with focused attention on three west-side neighborhoods: Austin, East Garfield and Humboldt Park. The program leaders provide resources for underserved pet owners in those areas through free weekly Pit Bull Training Team (obedience classes), street outreach, shot clinics and spay/neuter clinics. More than 1,000 middle-school youth on the west side have completed the eight-week humane education program, Canines & Communities.

In 2010, The HSUS helped pass more than 100 animal protection laws in various states and saved thousands of animals in natural or man-made disasters through its animal rescue team deployments. The HSUS focuses its work through campaigns promoting sheltering and equine protection and targeting animal cruelty and animal fighting, fur production, puppy mills, the Canadian seal slaughter and factory farming.

To learn more about Strawbridge and The HSUS’ work in Illinois, visit humanesociety.org/about/state/illinois/ or on Facebook at facebook.com/HSUSIllinois.

Media interested in an interview with Kristen Strawbridge can send inquiries to the media contact listed below.
Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org