In the days before a major storm, in the middle of a civil war, or in the aftermath of a nuclear meltdown, Shannon Walajtys helps people do whatever it takes to rescue animals in crisis.
Drawing from years of first-hand experience in disaster zones around the world, Shannon advises governments and local partners in disaster-prone areas, keeping our interventions credible, coherent, and culturally appropriate.
Under Shannon’s leadership, IFAW has made strategic investments in disaster preparedness, building global networks of people and institutions who can quickly deploy wherever the need is. She has also spearheaded IFAW’s successful campaign for the humane treatment of animals in disaster response.
With disasters becoming more frequent and the impact more intense, Shannon keeps IFAW’s disaster response teams focused and prepared as the need for IFAW’s expertise, mobility and boots on the ground increases each year.
Past Chair, National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition United States
Mass Disaster Victim Identification Team, Kenyon International Emergency Services Global
Chief Operating Officer, Complete Consultants Worldwide Global
Operations Lead, Lockheed Martin United States
Certified Latent Print Examiner, Georgia Bureau of Investigation United States
Master of Science (MSc), Forensic Science and Investigations University of New Haven, United States
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice University of Georgia, United States