Bonney Brown to head Nevada Humane
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2007:
RENO–The Nevada Humane Society on December 15, 2006
introduced as executive director Bonney Brown, 48, who directed
Alley Cat Allies’ relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
Brown founded the no-kill Neponset Valley Humane Society in
Massachusetts in 1992, co-organized the annual No-Kill Conferences
1996-1999, was outreach director for the Best Friends Animal Society
1998-2005, coordinated the No More Homeless Pets conference series
1999-2005, and was with Alley Cat Allies for about 18 months.
Michelle Williams, DVM, who preceded Brown at Nevada
Humane, was hired in September 2005 but resigned in May 2006 amid a
dispute that originated when she had a Rottweiler euthanized as
potentially dangerous, unaware that an employee had shown the dog to
members of a rescue group who wanted to take him.
“The groups want seven days notice to rescue an animal. I
wish people surrendering the animals would do the same for us,”
Williams told Frank X. Mullen of the Reno Gazette-Journal. “We have
space one day and 20 animals come in and then we’re full. Logistics
make giving a week’s notice impossible, but [rescuers] don’t want to
After Williams’ departure the Nevada Humane board introduced
new policies to improve relations with rescue groups.