October 2018 by Gina Knepp, Animal Care Services Manager, Front Street Animal Shelter, City of Sacramento

Audience: Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 45:42

"We are all responsible for both ends of the leash!" so says Gina Knepp, the Animal Care Services Manager at the City of Sacramento Front Street Shelter. Leadership takes a special skillset and mindset. How your staff and volunteers are managed is but one key to success.

It takes courage, hard work and creativity but the pay-off is well worth every effort. This presentation was given at the Maddie's® Pet Project "Saving Nevada's Pets" conference and made possible by the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation and supported by Maddie's Fund®.

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About Gina Knepp

Gina Knepp is the Animal Care Services Manager for the Front Street Animal Shelter - City of Sacramento. Relatively new to the animal industry, she transformed what was once the worst performing shelter in town to one of incredible lifesaving. Through the development of creative and zany programs, Front Street was rebranded and has flourished under her leadership.

Community partnerships and relationships with Sacramento's residents and businesses have resulted in making Front Street a household name. Serving the city limits of Sacramento, with an animal intake of 12,000 critters per year, the State's Capitol shelter is now a vibrant hub of activity, energy and success. Gina's motto in life is: try anything once, twice if feels good, the third time it's policy! Gina is married, has a lovely daughter, 3 dogs and 1 cat. Her background includes 311 and 911 management. Her motto is we are all responsible for both ends of the leash!