Jane Welsh, Executive Director

Jane brings a passion to help animals as well as a degree in Psychology and Accounting and 30 years of accounting experience to the Executive Director position. She spent the last eight years as the Business Manager for Kent Youth, Inc., and she lives in Chestertown with her husband, Fred, two cats, and two dogs.

At one time, long ago, Jane couldn’t walk into a shelter, believing the experience would be too overwhelming and sad for her. It was Luke, a Black Lab in her neighborhood who wasn’t being properly cared for, that changed her thinking. After convincing Luke’s owners to surrender him to HSKC, Jane felt responsible to ensure he would be adopted to a good home. Despite her hesitation about shelters, she committed herself to walk Luke regularly. In doing so, Jane saw the other sad faces of the shelter animals that she could not ignore. It wasn’t long before Jane began spending many hours walking dogs- sometimes as many as 22 per day!

Jane’s years of committed volunteer work did not go unnoticed. She was asked to join the organization’s board and eventually served as HSKC’s president for one year.

Jane is bringing a full-circle perspective of the organization to her new role, and she has already identified her biggest priorities. She says, “I hope to develop, in conjunction with our board of directors, a solid strategic plan to move our shelter forward. We need to increase the adoptability rate of our pets, educate the members of our community on the importance of spay and neuter, and improve our financial situation to address the many needs of our shelter.”