May 6, 2010
Director, Companion Animals and Engagement
Kelly O’Meara joined Humane Society International (HSI) in 1999. O’Meara holds the position of director, companion animals and engagement, and has oversight of all companion animal-related international projects. She formulates humane and effective program strategies to address stray/street animal control throughout the developing world and creates workshops and symposia worldwide for training and education of local animal protectionists and veterinarians.
O’Meara also oversees the HSI India office and its focus on implementing street animal welfare and control programs throughout India and neighboring Asian countries.
Formerly, as the Program Manager for Asia and Africa with HSI, she traveled extensively throughout those regions, evaluating animal welfare organizations and making presentations to local and regional government representatives to encourage the adoption of humane policies. She managed several humane street dog sterilization programs and helped to initiate multiple first-of-their-kind animal welfare conferences in locations such as Russia and the Philippines.
O’Meara holds a bachelor of science degree in natural resource studies and wildlife conservation from the University of Massachusetts. She has experience as a veterinary technician and worked in local humane society animal shelters in the United States. She holds certificates from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Large Animal Euthanasia and from Bristol University, England, for Animal Welfare Officer Training. She has co-authored various HSI reports and Humane Society of the United States publications, including Dogs on Abaco Island, the Bahamas: A Case Study and State of the Animals [PDF].