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Humane Society of Washington County names new executive director

Michael Lausen, who previously served with Humane Society in El Paso, plans to draft volunteers to foster animals

February 05, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Michael Lausen is the new executive director of The Humane Society of Washington County Inc.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

The new executive director of the Humane Society of Washington County said Tuesday that he wants to draw on his experience to find homes for unwanted animals.

Michael Lausen, who has served as operations manager at the Humane Society of El Paso in Texas, said he intends to draft volunteers to foster stray cats and dogs until they can find a permanent place to live.

“I’m a big proponent of foster families,” he said. “We have limited bed space, and that’s where foster families come in.”

The 43-year-old Lausen replaces Paul Miller, who left the job on Nov. 13, 2012. Neither the humane society nor Miller has given the reason for his departure.

Lausen began his duties at the facility at 13011 Maugansville Road on Monday.

He said he considers it a challenge to come from a large animal shelter to a smaller one.

“Sometimes less bed space is better because you have to be more creative to find these animals homes,” he said.

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Lausen said he learned about the job opening from an advertisement. His wife, Jamie, is serving in the military in Texas, and will join him in Maryland.

The couple has one child, he said, and another on the way.

Lausen said he is a former police K-9 officer and volunteer firefighter.

He said he joined the Army as an infantryman in 1988, and later became a member of the U.S. Army’s bomb squad. During that time, he worked with the U.S. Secret Service as a member of their Technical Security Division protecting the president and other foreign dignitaries.

Lausen has a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from American InterContinental University and is pursuing his Ph.D. from Walden University, according to news release that the humane society issued on Tuesday.

Lausen said he plans to keep the public informed so they know how their donations are spent. In addition, he said he intends to go out on calls to help the animal control officers and will exhaust every possibility before an animal is euthanized.

“There’s always an option,” he said.

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