New Pasadena Humane Society President, Faced with Controversy, Goes Before Rotary on Wednesday

Published : Monday, September 23, 2019 | 4:59 AM

New President and CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA Dia DuVernet will speak before the Pasadena Rotary Club on Wednesday, September 25, to discuss her plans for improving services that her organization provides to Pasadena and other local communities and possibly bring more light to the issue of recently announced price increases for animal control and welfare services that the Society provides.

City managers of eight local municipalities, including Pasadena, have objected to those price increases, which in some jurisdictions went up by as much as 500 percent over former rates.

DuVernet has explained to media it was necessary to increase rates because the Society was losing money. She said the contracts with 11 local cities for animal control and welfare services were providing for only 25 percent of the Society’s operating budget.

DuVernet joined the Pasadena Humane Society in June. Before that, she has lived in Virginia where she was the President and CEO of the Virginia Beach SPCA.

DuVernet holds a BA in Psychology from Yale and a Masters in Social Work from Smith. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Fundraising Executive, she worked for many years with organizations serving vulnerable children and families. Compassion and care have been at the heart of her lifelong career in nonprofit administration, both in human services and animal welfare.

The Rotary Club’s meeting is open to the public and no reservation is required.

Cost of the buffet lunch is $33, which includes complimentary valet parking.

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The University Club of Pasadena is at 175 N. Oakland Avenue.

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