Animal Shelter Director Announces Retirement
Beckey Reiter, Director of Boone County Animal Care and Control, has announced her retirement effective at the end of October. Ms. Reiter has served as the Boone County Director for the past twenty-three years overseeing all aspects of shelter operations and animal care. During her tenure she has worked to establish a comprehensive plan to advance animal care, reduce euthanasia, improve customer service and establish positive relationships with organizations, rescues and local veterinarians. Prior to her tenure in Boone County, Beckey served for seven years at Jefferson County Animal Control and Protection in Louisville, Kentucky and served on the Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board from 1999-2011.
During her career, Ms. Reiter has been recognized for her service and contributions to the profession and the community. She received the Kentucky Animal Control Association Outstanding Member Award in 1995, was honored as the OKI Public Service Award recipient in 2002, received the Kentucky Animal Control Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and was named Kentucky Horse Council’s Horse Welfare Advocate of the Year in 2009. Beckey was instrumental in developing a multi-jurisdictional partnership with the 8 Northern Kentucky Animal Shelters and the NKADD which received two half million dollar grants for spay/neuter services, secured funding for a mobile adoption unit, implemented new technologies at the Boone County Animal Shelter and has worked to create engaging programs for the community that have resulted in the achievement of a 90% live release rate – a benchmark of superior achievement in the industry.
“Beckey Reiter has been a tremendous asset to Boone County, the region and the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Judge/Executive Gary Moore. “Her dedication, passion and commitment to Animal Care and Control have resulted in high quality care for the animals in our shelter and superior service to the public. I congratulate her on a tremendous career and wish her well. She will be missed.”