Audra Houghton began working with animals more than 25 years ago, during which time she has filled several roles from veterinary technician to dog trainer and K9 handler. In early 2008, she entered the animal welfare field and found her true passion. She served as both a Cruelty Investigator and a supervisor of a highly effective Animal Crimes Investigations unit in San Antonio, Texas where she gained extensive experience investigating misdemeanor and felony criminal cases involving a wide range of species. During that time she led and participated in several task forces in Texas to address animal fighting, abuse and neglect. In 2016, she became the Director of Operations at a non-profit Animal Care and Control shelter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she served on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Animal Advisory Committee, the Philadelphia No-Kill Coalition steering committee, and served as the interim Executive Director in 2018. She has a talent for overseeing large seizures and field operations and finds being able to support communities and their pets in crisis both challenging and rewarding. She joined HSUS in December of 2018 where she serves as the Director of the Operations arm of the Animal Rescue Team. Here, she oversees the dedicated, hardworking team responsible for the field response and readiness, sheltering, and volunteer program aspects of ART.