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Kelsea Patton

Over the past three years, Patton, vice president of External Affairs for the Arizona Humane Society, has helped transform Maricopa County from the second-worst place to be a pet in the nation to one of the best. The proof is in the percentages; the fourth-generation Arizonan has helped to create an incredible 38 percent decrease in intake and 71 percent decrease in euthanasia community-wide.

What impact do you hope to have on the Valley? “The Valley is on its way to becoming the best place in the country to be a pet—and I’m so proud of the work I do on this initiative. I find resources to help save lives of homeless, sick and injured animals who were once routinely euthanized. And when I come home from a long day, my rescue dogs Bella and Curly remind me why I’m committed to this cause. Their lives didn’t start out in a home with a cozy couch or unconditional love. Thousands of pets just like them suffer at the hands of humans and in shelters in our community, and I won’t stop until we change the story for all pets. I want to connect with the many generous, compassionate animal lovers in the Valley to continue to provide second chances to homeless pets and innovative solutions to shelters in Arizona and beyond. Together, we can give every pet a good life.”

Local Loves:

Restaurant: St. Francis

Annual event: Arizona Humane Society’s annual Compassion with Fashion

Spot to unwind: My hometown of Wickenburg

Hidden gem: Vintage shops in the Melrose District

Place to work up a sweat: Being walked by my dogs on the Bridal Path

Staycation spot: JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Way to give back: Community service projects with my son