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Blue Mountain Humane Society Announces New CEO

After a months-long search, board members and staff are excited to welcome animal welfare professional Amanda Wernert.


February 10, 2022

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Amanda Wernert, the new BMHS CEO, and one of her rescue dogs, Billy Bob

WALLA WALLA-Blue Mountain Humane Society announces today the appointment of Amanda Wernert as Chief Executive Officer.

"I'm very honored to be joining the Blue Mountain Humane Society and working with BMHS' incredible staff and volunteers to further the organization's mission of bringing pets and people together," said Amanda Wernert.

"We are excited about having Amanda lead us into the future of Blue Mountain Humane Society. She brings to the position a wealth of experience at impressive shelter organizations. What stands out is her dedication to the animals, to the staff of BMHS, and to the community," said the Board of Blue Mountain Humane Society

Amanda Wernert is originally from Toledo, Ohio. She moved to Washington state 28 years ago. Wernert's move to Walla Walla follows her work at the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Lynnwood, Washington. She also worked with the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) before returning to PAWS citing her love for Washington state.

Wernert received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal and Public Communications from Bowling Green State University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. She has volunteered for several animal welfare organizations including Best Friends Animal Society, Hearts United for Animals, Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, National Mill Dog Rescue, and Old Dog Haven.

BMHS has been an integral part of Walla Walla since 1967. In their 55 years, the organization has grown from a small municipal shelter to a unique nonprofit private and municipal no-kill shelter with a 97.2% live release rate. In 2021, BMHS cared for 1,921 animals, provided 4,055 spay and neuter surgeries, returned 442 lost pets to their homes, and found permanent homes for 1,356 companion animals. Wernert will be heading an organization of 32 staff members and a dedicated group of volunteers who logged over 5,000 hours in the last year.

She has been charmed by the community of Walla Walla, and looks forward to making it a new home for her and her three old, toothless Chihuahuas.


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