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Executive Director- Luis Quintanilla 

Luis Quintanilla is the Executive Director for the Humane Society of Harlingen (HSH). Luis joined HSH  in February 2020 after most recently being the director of operations for Palm Valley Animal Society (PVAS). In his role at PVAS, Luis was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of an organization with an annual intake of over 30,000 animals. In two years, the save rate at PVAS increased from 30% to 70%, and in January 2020, the save rate surpassed 90% for the first time in the organization’s 40-year history. Luis started at PVAS in March 2018 as a temporary worker handling data entry. Luis then joined the rescue department, where his primary duties were handling the logistics of biweekly rescue transports. During his seven months in the rescue team, Luis drove over 35,000 miles transporting animals out of the shelter to rescue partners. The PVAS rescue team found live outcomes for over 8,000 cats and dogs in 2018. Luis then moved on to the development team, where he handled grant writing as the donor relations coordinator. A year after joining PVAS, Luis became shelter manager and eventually director of operations. A law school graduate and a graduate of Best Friends Animal Society's Executive Leadership Certification program, Luis is excited to continue the mission of lifesaving at HSH. For two years, HSH has saved over 10,000 homeless cats and dogs with a save rate of 93%. The Humane Society of Harlingen is the only no-kill shelter in the entire Rio Grande Valley. 

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We are so thankful to our incredible community who has made it possible for HSH to not only attain, but maintain, no-kill status. Although we’re proud of the progress we’ve made together with the communities we serve and our lifesaving partners, so long as there are still lost and homeless pets, our work is not finished. We hope you’ll join us in working together to help the communities of the Rio Grande Valley set a new national standard for progressive lifesaving.

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