Gillian Wood Pultz
Committed to reducing overpopulation of companion animals by non lethal strategies, Gillian established the first professional temperament testing and behavior modification program on LI and increased adoptions by 50% at the Southold shelter, leading to the highest save rate in the country (96%).
Under her leadership, the Southold shelter became the first in the state to alter, microchip and register all animals before adoption.
Gillian volunteered as the Director of Operations for the Katrina Emergency Shelter in Hattiesburg, MS, for the Humane Society; and currently serves on the Congressional Animal Protection Task Force and is on the board of the New York State Federation for Animal Protection. During her time off from the NFAWL she volunteers with Vidas, a veterinarians without borders group, as their recovery team leader for spay/neuter clinics in Mexico.
Gina had been a volunteer dog walker for Riverhead Animal Shelter for two years prior to NFAWL taking over managing the .shelter. Gina wanted to do more, so she decided to become a certified dog trainer to work with the dogs in the shelter, helping them find their forever homes.preparing them to be great companion animals. She believes that dogs are never too old to learn, so she took her passion for dogs and opened her own dog training business; GLD Dog Training (Gina’s Love of Dogs). This became her full time occupation., until two years ago when the NFAWL asked her to join their staff. Gina now works full time, splitting her days between both Southold and Riverhead Shelters helping to train the dogs that live there. With her dedication and skills, the behavior of our dogs has improved dramatically, allowing more to find their forever homes. The methods and consistency of her training has helped both the staff and our canine friends become better, healthier and happier, and we are grateful for all that she does.
Gina Lepine still volunteers her time to the original Riverhead Shelter Volunteer Program (RSVP, now Responsible Solutions for Valued Pets) which is a local rescue group that works with local dogs, helping to keep them out of the shelters. She also still provides training to the public through her business and has helped many others make their dog’s better family members. We are proud and happy to have her as part of the dedicated and loving staff at NFAWL shelters.