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Meet our Executive Director, Aimee Gilbreath

Aimee Gilbreath joined Found Animals in March 2008 as its first full-time employee and Executive Director. She has been responsible for developing and implementing the Foundation’s wide range of innovative programs. Under her leadership the Foundation has grown to over 70 staff members and 500+ volunteers. Found Animals’ programs focus on sterilization, microchipping, and adoption as key levers to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia and span from traditional philanthropy to social enterprise. In addition to providing funding to local spay/neuter non-profits, the Foundation also administers the Michelson Prize and Grants program to encourage development of non-surgical sterilization products. Found Animals provides affordable microchips and scanners, along with a state of the art universal registry, to shelters and clinics nationwide. In Los Angeles, the foundation operates two retail adoption centers that adopt 3,000 shelter pets per year as well as a kitten foster program. Aimee is a former management consultant with significant experience leading teams to solve business problems for Fortune 500 clients. She holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology and an MBA. Aimee lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and their beloved pit bull Rufus.

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-       Michelson Found Animals’ Adopt & Shop hits the streets with ‘food truck-inspired’ mobile adoption truck.-

LOS ANGELES, CA-- (August 4, 2016) – Michelson Found Animals Foundation, Inc. (www.FoundAnimals.org), an independently funded nonprofit organization working to help Los Angeles become a no-kill city, has launched its all-new ‘food truck-inspired’ mobile pet adoption truck, dubbed the Catty Wagon (www.cattywagon.org). The inside of the Catty Wagon is equipped with six individual condos where the adoptable felines are housed, two ‘meet & greet’ rooms, and an array of fresh and fun cat products. From the outside of the vehicle, when parked, the cats and kittens are visible from windows looking out into the world.

“When Angelenos see a giant cat-like moving vehicle with cat ears, whiskers and a tail driving down the road or at a local event, they’ll be excited to learn that there are dozens of kittens on board waiting for their forever home,” said Found Animals Executive Director, Aimee Gilbreath.  “Although there’s definitely a ‘kitten season’ where we see an influx of kittens in our shelters, there is a need to educate on the importance of feline adoption year round.  As part of our mission to save as many pets as we can, we’ve launched the Catty Wagon as a fun and engaging way to bring our kitties directly to consumers.”

More cats than dogs are euthanized in U.S. shelters each year, and the launch of the Catty Wagon is a step in the right direction to educate the public on the importance of fostering, adoption, or becoming a volunteer.  The Catty Wagon’s purpose is tied to the organization’s mission of Saving Pets, Enriching Lives and is an extension of its brick & mortar store Adopt & Shop (www.adoptandshop.org), an adoption and retail facility where every dollar spent goes back to saving more pets.  

"Our food truck inspired "cat on wheels" is the first of its kind and an innovative approach to mobile adoption and retail, it raises the bar on the concept of adoption vehicles and our commitment to saving pets and enriching lives,” said Dr. Gary Michelson, Founder of Found Animals.   

Each adoptable pet on board the Catty Wagon will be vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and microchipped, an important component in assuring lost pets return home and not back to the shelter. A collection of starter supplies for new adopters will also be available for purchase from the Catty Wagon itself.  Because adoption fees and point-of-sale proceeds go back towards saving the lives of area pets, purchases from the Catty Wagon will also directly impact the area’s shelter animals.    

“If you adopt from the Catty Wagon, not only are you saving the life of the pet adopted, but you’re also enriching your own life in so many wonderful ways; it’s a win/win.” said Gilbreath.  

For real-time information on the Catty Wagon location, follow Adopt & Shop on Twitter and join the conversation on social using #CattyWagon.  And, for a list of upcoming events or to book the Catty Wagon at your next event, please visit www.cattywagon.org.

Take a tour of the inside of Catty Wagon, here.

About Michelson Found Animals

The Michelson Found Animals Foundation is a non-profit supporting pet -owners and animal welfare organizations; our mission is Saving Pets, Enriching Lives. After celebrating a decade of service to animals, we continue to grow as we find new and innovative ways to help pets and the people who care for them. In addition to creating the first free microchip registry, we now have our own adoption centers, research next generation spay/neuter technology, and sell affordable high quality products—all in the service of pets. Our unique perspective into all aspects of animal welfare allows us to better support pet owners and pet professionals alike. All of this is possible thanks to generous funding from Dr. Gary Michelson and Alya Michelson.

See how we’re using our brains and expertise to obtain real, sustainable, results at FoundAnimals.org. To learn more about our free microchip registry, and the many innovative tools that are making it easier to connect lost pets to their people, check out found.org. Our spay/neuter technology research is at michelsonprizeandgrants.org. And to find out more about our Adopt & Shop locations, where all profits go back to caring for our adoptable pets, take a look at adoptandshop.org.