Lacy Shirey started with Chesapeake Humane Society (CHS) in 2008 as a volunteer and board member. She came on board as the Executive Director in April of 2012. In her first year as director, Lacy led the organization through its first capital campaign to purchase and renovate CHS’s Battlefield Blvd location, serving primarily as an income-based veterinary clinic.
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In 2022, CHS celebrates 50 years and will go through its second significant expansion with the addition of a 7,000 sq. ft. facility dedicated to sheltering homeless pets and providing temporary boarding for individuals and families facing hardship.
In 2016/2017, she participated in the Humane Society of the United States Puerto Rico Sister Shelter Program. She and a colleague mentored various animal shelters on the main island and the island of Vieques. In 2017, she assisted with transporting 200 mostly older dogs back to the stateside U.S., working with rural shelters in Puerto Rico, some of which did not have access to running water.
Lacy graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelors in Biology. She serves on the WHRO Community Advisory Board (past Chair), the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council (Vice-Chair), and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. She is an HSUS District Leader for her congressional district and works with local and state legislatures to improve animal welfare laws. She organizes quarterly community litter cleanups and writes a monthly column, Animal Connections, for The Virginian Pilot.
She was a recipient of Inside Business’ Top 40 Under Forty in 2012, recognized as the 2017 Citizen of the Year from the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council, and a 2020 LEAD Hampton Roads graduate. She volunteers her time with WHRO and often organizes community trash cleanups throughout the year. She fosters kittens, puppies, cats, dogs, and livestock for the Chesapeake Humane Society. She lives in Chesapeake with her four adopted dogs: two Bluetick Coonhounds, a Bloodhound, and a Great Dane. She is a beekeeper and also cares for chickens and turkeys on her small farm.
Melissa Turner, DVM
Dr. Melissa Turner joined Chesapeake Humane Society in May of 2018 as the Medical Director. Dr. Turner studied Animal Bioscience at Penn State and completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.
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Dr. Turner’s diverse medical background includes small animal medicine, large animal medicine, shelter medicine, and private practice management. She has special interests in soft tissue, orthopedic, and dental surgeries, but her true passion is preventative care. She is a strong advocate for heartworm preventative and dental cleanings.
During her time at CHS, Dr. Turner has expanded services offered to public clients and shelter pets. She finds fulfillment in treating homeless pets at Chesapeake Humane Society and other Hampton Roads shelters. Dr. Turner lives in Chesapeake with her husband and two sons.
Cat Daniels joined CHS in December of 2020. She is assisting in the renovation and relocation of Chesapeake Humane Society’s shelter and developing on-site cat, dog, and small animal adoption programs, along with helping develop CHS’s new Crisis Boarding program.
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Cat has seven years of experience in animal sheltering and medicine, including managing and developing multiple operations programs. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Longwood University. Cat has completed medical proficiencies with four licensed Medical Directors at three shelters and holds a state license to perform humane euthanasia. In 2021, Cat became a certified cat behavior consultant through The Humane Society of the United States.
Cat’s love for animals extends into her home, where she fosters kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs. She provides professional grooming services to shelter animals and pets of indigent families. In addition, she serves as a volunteer to assist local wildlife rescue. Chesapeake is her hometown; however, she currently lives in Ocean View in Norfolk with her adopted Chihuahuas, German Shepherd, Shih Tzu, and three cats.
Emily Friedland joined the CHS team in March of 2020. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Emily relocated to Hampton Roads in 2016 after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Dickinson College.
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Emily has been working for animal welfare organizations since 2017 and has experience in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, event planning, and social media management. She has worked in both private and public shelters, where she has seen many different facets of animal sheltering. As an avid animal lover, Emily has found working for local animal shelters to be a fulfilling and challenging career. Emily enjoys working for an organization that helps animals and the people that love them find each other and stay together through CHS’s low-cost veterinary clinic and adoption program.
Shoshana joined the CHS team in September of 2021 as the Community Engagement Manager. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Shoshana began working in animal welfare in 2016 at the Belleville Area Humane Society in Belleville, IL, where she worked first as the Program Director and then as Executive Director.
Shoshana is trained in animal disaster response with the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, and Red Rover. She volunteered at an emergency shelter in Houston during Hurricane Harvey and is currently part of the Human and Animal Support Service (HASS) Disaster Response working group.
Shoshana was also a task force member for the Purina Petlover Coalition in St.Louis, MO. This organization brought animal welfare organizations together for networking and education. In addition, she is a certified humane educator.
Shoshana is excited to use her social work and human service background to work with CHS’ volunteer and community outreach programs. She has a passion for working with both animals and their owners.
Shoshana has three adult children and lives in Carrollton with her husband, dog Milo and various foster animals.