CHERRYFIELD, Maine — Vincent Ewald of Addison didn’t set out to be the executive director of an animal shelter in Down East Maine, but he says he believes all roads have led him here. Ewald started work in December 2012 as the first executive director of The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield.
“I hadn’t thought of pursuing this type of position until I saw the job listing. When I learned what they were looking for, I realized I could help the Board take the organization to the next level. I jumped on the opportunity,” says Ewald in a press release. Applicants for the position came from as far away as Connecticut and Vermont.
Ewald ultimately was selected because of his educational and professional background, as
well as his cooperative approach. A graduate of Boston College, Ewald worked in advertising in
New York, Atlanta, and Manchester, N.H. His wife, Christa, and daughters Georgia, 6, and Petra, 2, share his excitement for his new role.
Especially interested in children’s humane education, Ewald will be developing an aggressive outreach program slated to begin in the fall.
“I will personally be writing the program’s three accompanying picture books, which will be illustrated by the President of the Board,” Ewald says in the press release. “We will distribute the books free to children in the program, and will also market them to the general public for purchase.”
Another creative revenue channel Ewald plans to initiate in his first year is a progressive new website aimed at broadening The Ark’s donor base through online appeals.
Along with managing annual fund-raising efforts such as the Scramble for the Animals Golf
Tournament on June 21, at the Bar Harbor Country Club, Ewald is busy developing new events
for the second half of the year.
“As a no-kill shelter, we incur heavy veterinary expenses. Along with our yearly appeals, successful new fund-raising campaigns are critical to our survival,” Ewald explains. “It’s a huge financial and emotional commitment, but we’ll do anything we can to help the animals.”
To adopt, donate, or volunteer, please contact The Ark at: 60 Barber Lane, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfield 04622; 546-3484; www.thearkpets.org
. Open to the public noon-6 p.m., Tuesdays and Saturdays; and noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays.
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