Dr. Jonna Swanson Joins WPHS as Medical Director

New Medical Director of the Western PA Humane Society a Pittsburgh Native

The Board of Directors of the Western PA Humane Society (WPHS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jonna Swanson has assumed the position of Medical Director for both the North Shore and the Fallen Timber locations effective October 24, 2011. 

 “I am very excited to be back in my hometown and working at the Western PA Humane Society. Shelter medicine is my first love and I am very happy to be home after so much travel.  My new focus will be to reduce the overall incidence of disease at both shelters and to increase the number and quality of pet adoptions at both of our locations.”

 Dr. Swanson is originally fromMt.Lebanonand graduated from theUniversityOfPittsburgh.  She spent several years in the Peace Corps doing conservation work inMongoliabefore returning to theUnited StatesforVetSchoolat theUniversityOfMinnesota.  After stints working in shelters inMinnesota, Dr. Swanson spent time inUgandavolunteering her services at the Kampala SPCA, the only animal shelter for dogs and cats inUganda. 

 Founded in 1874, the Western PA Humane Society is Pittsburgh’s oldest animal charity, operating two open-door shelters in Allegheny County.  They also provide a low-cost spay neuter program, obedience classes for dogs of all ages, Humane Education programs in schools and businesses, and cruelty and abuse investigations.   Last year the two shelters took in over 14,000 animals.   Please visit www.wpahumane.org to see the animals that are up for adoption or to find out more aboutWPHS.