Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

'Achievers under 40' Profile: Christy J. Counts, Founder/president, Central Oklahoma Humane Society

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

'Achievers under 40' Profile: Christy J. Counts, Founder/president, Central Oklahoma Humane Society

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For as long as she can remember, Christy Counts' mission has been to have a significant impact on the welfare of animals in this country. In 2007, she founded the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, a nonprofit animal welfare organization, to do just that.

She founded the organization out of a need to help the city of Oklahoma City reach its goal of becoming a "no-kill" city by 2010. Without a partnership of a private humane society, Counts said, the goal had little hope of coming to fruition.

With a staff of 10 and soon to be 18 in June, the Central Oklahoma Humane Society's momentum is remarkable and impact on animal welfare already significant. In its first two years of existence, the organization has adopted almost 2,000 dogs and cats, spayed/neutered 4,600, trapped/neutered/returned 2,400 feral cats and launched an innovative Humane Education Program.

"Creating an entity that can stand and succeed on its own to impact animal welfare is by far my most significant personal accomplishment," Counts said.

Prior to founding the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, Counts worked as a program supervisor for the city of Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division. …

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