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Sheltering Hands Inc. Establishes Executive Director Position
to Propel Growth and Service Impact

Ocala, FL- Sheltering Hands Inc., a cornerstone in providing feline spay/neuter and adoption services in Marion County since 2007, announces a significant milestone in its journey towards greater impact and sustainability. The organization proudly introduces the creation of its Executive Director position, marking a pivotal moment in its history of service to the community.


Sheltering Hands Inc. has long been recognized for its commitment to animal welfare. It offers vital services such as a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, adoption services, community outreach initiatives, and dedicated feral housing and colony support. As part of the CATT Marion coalition, the organization has provided crucial Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) services to manage and care for community cat populations in Marion County.


Leslie Hinson, President of Sheltering Hands Inc., remarked, “The establishment of the Executive Director position signifies a significant step forward in the growth and evolution of our organization. We are thrilled to announce April LeSage as our Executive Director. Her extensive experience and dedication to our mission make her the perfect candidate to lead us into a new chapter of impact and service excellence.”


April LeSage, a valued Board member of Sheltering Hands Inc. for several years, has served in key leadership roles, including Treasurer and Secretary. She has been an integral part of the organization's TNR programs and played a pivotal role in creating CATT Marion to address TNR in the county. With a background in organizational management, operations, and fiscal management, April is well-suited for the position of Executive Director.


April LeSage expressed her excitement and gratitude for the opportunity, saying, “I am deeply honored to assume the role of Executive Director at Sheltering Hands Inc. My vision for the future of our organization is one of continued growth, strengthened community connections, and expanded outreach efforts. Together with our dedicated team and supporters, I am committed to advancing our mission and making a meaningful difference in the lives of animals and people in our community.”


Sheltering Hands Inc. looks forward to the continued support of its community partners, volunteers, and donors as it embarks on this new chapter of leadership and service. 

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