August 2017 by Amy Buttry

Audience: Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers

Video Length: 7 minutes

There are many heroes in the field of animal lifesaving, but at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley (HSTV) the heroes have saved lives even before stepping into a shelter. We're talking about returning veterans who have volunteered for HSTV's Heroes and Hounds Program to work with at-risk dogs who need a little more special attention to get ready for adoption.

The result has been a win-win-win for the shelter, the veterans and the dogs. Since the Heroes and Hounds program started, HSTV has seen a 50% reduction in length of stay and a 50% increase in their lifesaving rate!

Watch this Maddie Talk to learn how your organization can implement and benefit from this innovative lifesaving program!

Bio black and white photo of Amy Buttry, smiling and hugging a large black an white dog

About Amy Buttry

Amy is a UT graduate with a degree in Business Administration. She has been a volunteer with HSTV since 2003; and after going to New Orleans to help with the animal aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she re-dedicated her life to saving animals. She became the Board Treasurer in 2008 and in 2010 joined the staff of HSTV as Finance Director. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley went through many changes in her first few years, and Amy stepped up to be the Executive Director in 2015. Since she took the lead, the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley has also re-dedicated itself to the "bottom line" - to reduce euthanasia of all healthy and treatable animals.