The Animal Mission Names Emile DeFelice to Board of Directors

August 19, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC – August 20, 2012 – The Animal Mission, the non-profit that promotes pet adoptions, enhances conditions for shelter pets, and positively impacts the shelter population through distribution of free spay and neuter vouchers in the Midlands, has named Emile DeFelice to its Board of Directors. 

Emile is an artisanal pork producer and operates Caw Caw Creek Pastured Pork in St. Matthews, S.C. He has served was a board member and South Carolina director of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, as well as the founding Chair of the South Carolina Food Policy Committee. A former candidate for South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, Emile also founded Columbia’s All Local Farmers’ Market in 2005. Emile loves food, the challenge of farming and business, and finding ways to connect farmers and feeders. As a long-time proponent of responsible pet ownership, Emile will work with The Animal Mission to bring awareness to the need for spaying and neutering pets to limit overpopulation and support pet adoption.

“Emile is a long-time supporter of The Animal Mission and our goals, and we anticipate his support as our organization makes a positive impact on animal overpopulation in the Midlands,” said Jim Sonefeld, president of The Animal Mission. “The Animal Mission has no paid staff and operates fully with a volunteer board, and each of our board members works hard to spread the word about our goals—we’re looking forward to working with Emile.” 

Emile DeFelice joins The Animal Mission’s other board members, including: Jim Sonefeld, Julie Ruff, Bill Brumbach, Kay Hampton, Harriett Green, Nola Armstrong, Will Brennan, Frannie Heizer, Nori Warren, DVM and Will Warren.
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