Joe Labriola
Photo: PAWS Atlanta
Photo: PAWS Atlanta

DeKalb-based animal shelter appoints new executive director

PAWS Atlanta, the Decatur-based independent animal shelter, has appointed a new executive director.

Joseph Labriola takes the helm of the organization Monday, PAWS Atlanta said in a press release.

“As PAWS Atlanta continues our work in the community to care for animals in need and entrust them to loving families, we sought a leader who has a track record of successfully developing and implementing growth strategies and programs that deliver results,” Erin McMillan, chair of the PAWS Board of Directors, said in a statement.


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Labriola comes to PAWS after serving as executive director of Second Helpings Atlanta, a nonprofit organization focused on food rescue. He also had several leadership positions at corporations including PGi, Enterprise Information Management and IBM.

PAWS Atlanta, located on Covington Highway in the Decatur area, is an independent organization with a “no-kill” strategy. PAWS, which said it is Georgia’s oldest no-kill animal shelter, has found homes for more than 46,000 total animals for over 50 years.

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