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Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Appoints New President & CEO

The Board of Directors of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society (MHHS) has announced that Todd Cramer, CAWA, has been appointed President and CEO of the organization. 

A native of Fonda, NY Cramer joined MHHS as Vice President of Operations and Chief of Staff in early 2016.  Previous to his role with MHHS, Cramer served as Senior Vice President for Community Engagement and Chief of Staff at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey.  Cramer has also worked on the national level with PetSmart Charities and the ASPCA.  Cramer began his career in animal welfare serving as the Assistant Director of Operations for the Animal Protective Foundation (APF) in Scotia, NY.  Cramer also holds the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator credential.  Todd is one of only 123 Certified Animal Welfare Administrators across the country and the only one in the greater capital region.

“I am excited about this opportunity and I thank the Board of the Directors, staff and volunteers of MHHS for their endorsement and support.  This appointment comes at an important time in the history of our organization – as we are about to move into our new animal care center this summer.  MHHS is rich in history and I look forward to leading the organization into the next chapter.  Above all else, we will continue to provide the high quality animal care and programs our community has come to expect from us.” said Cramer.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate Todd on his appointment to lead the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.  Todd’s experience in animal welfare spans all aspects of our work including shelter operations, animal cruelty investigations, disaster response as well as program development and fundraising.  Todd’s ideas, passion and energy will lead the organization into our next chapter.  We are fortunate to have such a highly qualified candidate already working within our organization.”, said Cynthia LaFave, Chairperson of the Board of Directors. 

Providing shelter for lost, abused and unwanted animals since 1887, the MHHS is the oldest and largest animal protection organization in New York's Capital Region, receiving an average of over 6,000 animals per year. It serves as the SPCA for Albany and Rensselaer Counties, investigating and prosecuting cases of animal cruelty.

The MHHS offers a diverse range of services such as finding homes for pets, providing shelter for lost animals, offering assistance to owners of lost animals and microchipping. Field services include rescue and care of injured or distressed animals, investigation of reports of animal abuse and neglect, and enforcement of NYS laws. The Society serves the human members of the community by caring for pets of people affected by domestic violence, stocking up pet food pantries, and offering humane education programs. The organization sponsors various community education and outreach programs throughout the year.


In addition to its 49 employees, MHHS is assisted by volunteers who help to support and maintain the health of animals residing at the shelter and participate in various fundraising and community activities. The Society is funded primarily by donations, receives no ongoing local, state or federal government funding, nor does it receive funding from any national humane groups.

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