Bonnie Hill is retiring as our Executive Director after serving Spay Neuter Network (SNN) for 16 years. Below is a note from her to all of our supporters, volunteers, and patrons. Thank you so much, Bonnie!
As many know, I founded Spay Neuter Network in 2004. It has never been just a job for me, but a large part of who I am and a great source of pride. I love SNN – the mission, the clients we serve, and especially the people who make it all happen. My love for our work and impassioned pursuit of greatness for SNN has never wavered. Rather, it has grown as we have pushed the envelope on what is possible. We’ve advanced from a small spay/neuter provider servicing one rural county to the creators of incredible national award-winning work. We’ve grown, from a grassroots organization to a leading national nonprofit helping to change the vision of how animals live across the U.S.
I am leaving a position I absolutely love with an organization that is on the verge of changing the world through new innovative educations programs, surgical veterinary training programs with several corporate veterinary providers, a cat program that requires the community to pitch in and do their part, and a pet resource and support center that is working to change the world of sheltering to no sheltering at all. The time is right for this change, and I have never been more excited about the future of this organization. I work with an incredibly supportive, innovative, and high-functioning board of directors. I am inspired daily by a staff team with unparalleled talents, a constant drive for excellence, and a willingness to step outside the box to come up with new ways to solve our pet overpopulation problem. And I have been deeply motivated by you — our donors and volunteers. You’ve trusted, supported, and partnered with our team as we’ve taken bold leaps and achieved some lofty goals. Your personal stories inspired me and touched my heart every day.
I have always told the team we may be small compared to other organizations, who often have more money, more facilities, and more well-known names behind them, but we are a mighty organization changing the world for animals, which is our reason for being here all these years.
To ensure a smooth transition to new leadership, I will be working with our staff and board of directors over the next few months. With our fantastic team in place, SNN will not miss a beat. When I step aside, Victoria Cowper will take over as interim Executive Director on January 4, 2021. Victoria comes to us with more than 20 years of experience in animal welfare, so we know our team is in exceptionally good hands.
Deep down, we all want to make the world a little better than the condition it was in when we entered it. Working on behalf of SNN, with its local and national partners as well as pet parents in North Texas, has been one of my life’s greatest honors. Because of SNN, millions of dogs and cats have lived and will continue to live happier, healthier, more loving lives.
Thank you for all your support all these years. Because of people like you, we are building more humane communities for dogs and cats in North Texas.
Executive Director, Spay Neuter Network