Talbot Humane offered the community an opportunity to meet its new Executive Director, Brian Metcalf, at a recent evening of wine and cheese at NightCat in Easton. More than fifty guests, including shelter volunteers, community leaders and veterinarians, welcomed Metcalf to TalbotCounty from his previous home in the state of Washington.
Metcalf thanked everyone for the warm reception. He explained that his goal is to create a culture of team and family among the board, staff and volunteers of Talbot Humane. Metcalf includes the community in his vision. “Every person who comes through the doors and adopts a pet, supports the organization or makes a donation becomes part of the Talbot Humane family,” he said.
Metcalf noted that it has been a smooth transition into his new position and he already feels very comfortable with the staff and volunteers, who he called “the backbone of the organization.” He challenged each of the evening’s guests to recruit two new individuals to join the more than 220 active volunteers who currently support the efforts of Talbot Humane.
Shelter Coordinator Patty Quimby thanked those volunteers for their continued dedication and support. “We simply would not be at the level we are today, or even exist at all, if it were not for them,” she added.
Coffee Cat and Hair O’ The Dog helped sponsor the evening, with the latter also providing some unique support for Talbot Humane’s efforts. Former Talbot Humane President Charles Riter announced that the wine, spirits and craft beer retailer is selling Humane Wine, with labels featuring pictures of animals that the shelter has available for adoption. Hair O’ The Dog donates one dollar from each bottle sold to Talbot Humane.
Riter thanked the sponsors, and Barbara Rybacki , Barbara Mulready and Diane Taylor for coordinating the event. Welcoming Metcalf, he noted that “Brian is putting new wind in our sails that will drive this shelter forward.”
For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer, call Talbot Humane at 410-822-0107 or visit www.talbothumane.org.