SPCA Serving Erie County Board of Directors Announces
Caitlin M. Daly as New President/CEO
November 1, 2021
By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Lattuca
The Board of Directors of the SPCA Serving Erie County is pleased to announce the appointment of Caitlin M. Daly as the organization’s new President/CEO.
Daly, a native of Washington, D.C., comes to the SPCA Serving Erie County most recently from the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, Lollypop Farm, where she served two years as the organization’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
A frequent speaker at national and local animal welfare conferences, Daly received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Longwood University in Virginia. Her work in animal welfare started 12 years ago in North Carolina, and since then, she has served as an executive director, fundraiser, social media specialist, foster/adoption coordinator, and more at various shelters along the East Coast.
Prior to her work at Lollypop Farm, Daly served as executive director at the Fredericksburg SPCA in Virginia. There, Daly’s program Adventure Tails, a day-out program for animals, exponentially increased adoption rates and received national recognition; Adventure Tails is now being integrated into shelter programs throughout the country.
Daly is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator through the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, and is Fear Free-certified by Fear Free®, a transformative animal welfare initiative founded in 2016 to provide unparalleled education on animals’ emotional well-being and enrichment, and on the reduction of fear, anxiety, and stress in pets.
“Cait’s credentials, energy, and empathy are outstanding,” SPCA Board of Directors Chairperson Julie Desmond Schechter says. “She’ll be an incredible leader to our already-amazing team at the SPCA! We’re extremely excited to begin this next chapter at our organization.”
“It is my honor and a great achievement to join the SPCA Serving Erie County team. I look forward to leading with kindness, compassion, and encouragement,” says Daly. “I will jump in with full enthusiasm to ensure the best possible community for animals and the people who love them. We are going to do amazing things together!”
Daly shares her life with Jena, a 14-year-old German Shepherd mix; Poe, a five-year-old Puggle mix (pictured with Daly at top); Noah, a five-year-old Chihuahua; and Bella, an eight-year-old Siberian Forest Cat. All have been adopted from various agencies and all are, in Daly’s words, “…so spoiled!”
Daly is scheduled to begin her work with the SPCA Serving Erie County in January, 2022.