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LINCOLNTON – According to a press release sent by County Manager Davin Madden, Lincoln County has hired a new Animal Services Director. Jana Aviles will begin her new position on March 28. Bringing more than 12 years of animal services welfare experience, Aviles has initiated and implemented lifesaving programs for two municipal animal shelters in North Carolina. Aviles was previously the placement coordinator for Cabarrus County for four years, and then promoted to shelter care supervisor. Aviles comes to Lincoln County after serving as Director of Animal Services for Stanly County over the past two years, where she implemented policies and procedures to dramatically increase the live release rate. Stanly County Animal Protective Services remained a no kill shelter during her tenure. She has a strong focus on community outreach, placement of special needs pets, and addressing compassion fatigue in the animal welfare field.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to work alongside County Manager, Davin Madden, and the incredible team of people at Lincoln County Animal Services,” she said in the press release. “Lincoln County has been a leader in the no kill movement across North Carolina. I’m hopeful that my skills, experience, and connections can lead LCAS into the next phase of success. I look forward to making connections with local organizations in order to promote continued lifesaving, and community support for the pets and people of Lincoln County.”

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