PIERCETON – The Board of Directors of the non-profit Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County has announced that Tonya Blanchard is the new Executive Director.
Tonya has been Vice President of Indiana Dimensional Products for over 20 years. She has been a volunteer at AWL for almost 13 years and joined the board in 2019. Blanchard walked away from her family business saying “life is too short” and “that’s my goal”. She is also a member of the board of directors of Rudy’s Dog Park and a member of Vineyard Community Church.
As the new general manager, she has already implemented new procedures to improve the quality of life of the animals taken care of by the AWL team. She has launched several new programs, including “Nursery Nannies” for Mothers Cats and Kittens, Planting a Tree in Honor of Your Pet, an in-car microchip clinic, and making the “Pages & Paws” program for them. children reading aloud to shelter buddies available on a daily basis.
Blanchard has also partnered with Cardinal Services to hire staff and volunteers to spend time with the kittens. She has also worked with the Kosciusko Community Corrections Program, having used over 700 hours of duty this summer at the shelter. She would like to thank all the employees and volunteers for all their hard work at the shelter.
“They also have a passion for doing this job,” she said. “The shelter has also worked hard to maintain a ‘No-Kill’ status.”
Tonya would like everyone in the community to know that AWL is a non-profit and serves the entire county.
“We are receiving help from Kosciusko County, Warsaw and North Webster for our services and will soon be asking other members of the community for their help,” she said. “We organize fundraisers and events to make up the difference. In addition to the staff and daily needs of the pets, the shelter has expenses for spaying / spaying, vaccines, fleas and ticks, worms. hearts and microchips for nearly all the pets that come through our doors, as well as mortgage payments and utilities.
This year, the shelter has already welcomed 902 pets from all sectors of the community.
The Animal Welfare League is also a new member of the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce and works closely with the Kosciusko Community Foundation to help understand any grants that might be available for the shelter.
Blanchard can also be heard weekly on Wednesdays on Willie 103.5-FM with Chris Cage with the Animal Welfare League’s “Wiggle of the Week”.
Appointments are available at 1048 S. CR 325E, Pierceton, just south of US 30. Visit them at awlwarsaw.com or call 574-267-3008.