Default Empathy Saves Lives

With Anna Stout

Meet Anna Stout, the Executive Director of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society in Grand Junction, Colorado. She and her team are trailblazers in folding innovative lifesaving animal welfare practices into larger public health initiatives–keeping families together, supporting the wellbeing of people and their pets, and creating a culture of compassion and resilience in the process.

Stout, along with many other dedicated animal welfare professionals, are changing the narrative about who ought to have pets and why. A must-listen for anyone interested in finding out just how powerful the human-animal bond really is at solving social challenges.

Season 1, Episode 3

Meet Our Guest, Anna Stout!

Anna Stout is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Roice-Hurst Humane Society in Grand Junction, CO. She has over a decade of both nonprofit and business experience as the founder and president of the Foundation for Cultural Exchange and owner of Transfinem Language and Cultural Services, and has served on state-and national-level boards and committees. She was also a dog training instructor and is a passionate lover of animals, words, and travel!

Since becoming CEO in June of 2015, Anna has focused much of her effort on building and strengthening local, regional, and statewide collaborative relationships with animal and non-animal welfare agencies. She currently serves on the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies board of directors, as well as the Western Colorado Animal Resources Coalition board as Secretary. Anna brings a people-focused approach to her work in animal welfare. Her motto is “Default Empathy” and she works to bring a culture of kindness and wellness to the staff, animals, and public at Roice-Hurst.

When she’s not working, Anna’s passions are travel, writing, language, and the nonprofit world. She has two dogs, Rupert and Chewy; three cats, Poopies, Bella, and Tatertot; and a nanday conure named Agador Spartacus.

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About The Podcast

The PETestal–AAPP’s brand new podcast–explores and celebrates the human-animal bond and uncovers the secrets of what makes our relationships with pets so powerful in the first place.

Our profound relationships with our pets are truly astonishing, shaping and enriching our lives in ways we are only beginning to understand and articulate. Join host Courtney Wennerstrom and her guests–including renowned veterinarians, researchers, animal-welfare professionals, and devoted pet parents, just like you–as we explore new theories and studies about how animals keep us healthy, sane, and grounded.

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Published On: April 27, 2022|Categories: PETestal Podcast|Tags: |