By: Megan A. Wilson, Contributing Writer
The Charlevoix Humane Society has a new director.
Jodi Adams has stepped down after seven years as Director of the Charlevoix Humane Society, and Scott MacKenzie will be taking over her position.
“I decided to step down because I wanted to get back to my artwork: I’m a freelance artist,” said Adams. “My subjects are wildlife, landscapes … I do a little bit of everything.”
Adams also enjoys traveling with her husband and attending dog shows in her spare time.
“I’ve traveled to Africa three times, and my husband and I travel all over the U.S.,”said Adams “We average about two dog shows a month.”
Adams said most of the time the shows are in Michigan. But, for some shows, they do travel to other states.
“Kiya just finished her agility championship two weeks ago,” Adams said. “She’s a 6-year-old Border Collie.”
Before Adams’ tenure as Director of the Humane Society, the kill rate of animals was at approximately 50 percent.
“It has gone to the point where the only ones that are getting euthanized are the animals that are extremely aggressive or ill,” said Adams. “For the first time last year we had a 97 percent release rate for dogs and 75 percent rate for cats.”
She added, “We fix the wild cats and then release them to help keep the population down.”
Charlevoix County has a large feral cat population, and those animals that have gone too far wild are the ones that tend to be euthanized.
“I helped develop the plans for future expansions and it’s time for me to go back to my artwork,” Adams said.
MacKenzie started his new position at the Charlevoix Humane Society on Feb. 25.
“I took the position at the humane society because I have skills and talents that I think can help the humane society advance to the next level,” said MacKenzie. “Over the years I’ve built many relationships in Northern Michigan and formed connections in a circle of influence.”
He added, “I feel very blessed to have made such connections and it only makes sense to blend the mission of the humane society and the two things together.”
MacKenzie is no stranger to animals either.
“My mom was on the board of the directors in Genessee county and I’ve always grown up with a lot of animals,” said MacKenzie. “I’m very proud to follow in Jodi’s footsteps, she has done a really great job in forming and restructuring.”
He added, “One of the great models in the state is the Cherryland Humane Society and I feel we can reach that level—I used to do the auction fundraiser for them.”
Karen Colburn, the Secretary of the Charlevoix Humane Society Board said MacKenzie’s hire is a good move for the organization.
“We are very excited to have Scott MacKenzie taking over the position as Director,” she said. “It’s a good thing all around.”