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Executive Director & Founder


Born and raised in New York City Susan spent what she calls the first part of her life working in advertising as an Executive Vice President for Saatchi & Saatchi.  In her late forties on a trip to Africa she realized that she needed more meaning in her life.  She decided to follow her passion and work with animals.

Three years later Susan left NY behind with the single focus of wanting to open a no-kill animal shelter. Susan worked her way into animal welfare from the bottom. She worked her way up to Shelter Manager at the Humane Society of So. AZ. After 5 years Susan left the humane society and in 2005 founded HOPE Animal Shelter & Sanctuary with Kayomee Daroowalla and Karen Hoyt. HOPE is Tucson’s first no-kill shelter for dogs and cats. Susan made her dream a reality and is living her passion.

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