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Maryland SPCA Executive Director Plans to Leave Organization

Aileen Gabbey, Long-time Leader Relocating to Georgia with Family

BALTIMORE, (April 7, 2015)—The Maryland SPCA Board of Directors announces, today, Executive Director Aileen Gabbey will be leaving the organization this summer after nearly 20 years of service and will be relocating to Savannah, Georgia where her husband has accepted a teaching position.

“We will miss Aileen immensely,” said Elizabeth Drigotas, president of the board of directors for the Maryland SPCA. “We are tremendously grateful for her strong leadership, dedication and steadfast service to the Maryland SPCA. Aileen has truly given her heart to helping needy pets in our community; her commitment will leave a lasting legacy.”

“While excited about this new opportunity for my family, I am certainly sad to be leaving the Maryland SPCA, an organization I love so much,” said Aileen Gabbey, executive director of the Maryland SPCA. “I’ve met so many amazing people over the years and consider myself fortunate to have worked alongside such kind, generous and hard-working board, staff, volunteers, and supporters. Because of their devotion, so many wonderful things have been accomplished to help pets and people in the community.”

Gabbey first became involved with the MD SPCA back in 1996 when she started as a volunteer. In 1997, she was hired to lead the volunteer program, and in 1999 she was promoted to the executive director position. During Gabbey’s tenure, the MD SPCA:

  • Built the current state-of-the-art Morton Gorn Center for Animal Adoption, completed in 2011, with funds raised through a successful capital campaign.
  • Partnered with Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) and Baltimore Humane Society to save more pets’ lives by forming the Baltimore Animal Welfare Alliance (BAWA). The MD SPCA transports and takes in more than 1,000 animals a year from other shelters to free up space in overcrowded shelters, giving more animals an opportunity to be adopted.
  • Expanded services to the community by opening a Spay and Neuter Clinic in 2008 and the MD SPCA’s Wellness Clinic in 2010. The MD SPCA is the state leader in performing almost 9,000 spay/neuter surgeries a year and cares for almost 5,000 patients a year at their off-site Wellness Clinic.
  • Expanded the MD SPCA’s adoption program by opening an off-site, pet adoption center located in White Marsh Mall, an area that lacked pet adoption opportunities.
  • Improved infrastructure by hiring and managing a strong leadership team and updating technology necessary to optimally and effectively serve the MD SPCA’s mission of improving the lives of pets and people in the community.

Increased the save rate of pets from only 40% in 1997 to currently more than 90%, a rate that meets industry standards of a “no-kill” adoption center. There is no time limit for any animal to stay at the MD SPCA, and all healthy and treatable animals are saved.

Gabbey will continue to actively serve as the executive director until her move this summer while the board leads the search to fill the position.

“The Maryland SPCA is a very strong and fiscally responsible organization,” said Drigotas. “We will be very thorough and will work diligently to fill the executive director position with someone who has the leadership and experience to continue on the path that Aileen has carved to expand more programs and services so that we can continue to save lives in the community.”

“Even after my departure, I will still support the Maryland SPCA,” said Gabbey. “I have no doubt great work will continue after my absence.”  

About the Maryland SPCA

The Maryland SPCA is an independent nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of pets and people in Maryland. The MD SPCA receives no operating support from the government or other animal welfare groups including the ASPCA. The MD SPCA’s adoption center adopts out and rescues more than 3,500 needy and unwanted pets each year, and provides approximately 9,000 spaying/neutering procedures yearly to reduce pet overpopulation and suffering. The MD SPCA also offers pet behavior counseling and training courses to help keep pets in their homes. For more information about the MD SPCA, visit www.mdspca.org or call 410‐235‐8826.