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Emily Klehm

Emily Klehm, CAWA, is the CEO of the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights, Illinois. During her tenure the organization has established a thriving high volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic; partnered to open a low-cost veterinary services clinic; and has transformed from a 50% to a 90% live release rate. Emily’s previous background is in community organizing and nonprofit fundraising.

Content by Emily Klehm

  • Blog Post

    What I learned when I re-evaluated our adoption policies

    Are your organization's adoption policies and application process facilitating real conversations with potential adopters?

    Guest blogger Emily Klehm addresses the challenges her team faced when they adopted a new adoption philosophy

    I got on the plane fresh from Animal Care Expo in 2015 and settled in with the Adopters Welcome manual.  As I read, I was proud to realize that my shelter, the South Suburban Humane Society—a managed admissions animal shelter and spay/neuter clinic in Chicago Heights, Illinois—had already implemented several of the suggestions for increasing pet adoptions. But as I read the rest, I immediately thought, “Well, this would never work for us!”

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