Gary Weitzman, DVM, MPH, CAWA

President and CEO, San Diego Humane Society

Gary Weitzman joined San Diego Humane Society as the president and CEO in 2012.  He’s a licensed veterinarian with decades of animal welfare experience. A significant focus for San Diego Humane Society is a movement called “Getting to Zero” which succeeded in ending euthanasia of all healthy and treatable animals in San Diego County.

Prior to joining San Diego Humane Society, Weitzman served as medical director, and then president of the Washington Animal Rescue League. He led that urban, shelter through a period of growth and established its national reputation as a resource for disaster and puppy mill rescues.

Weitzman served in the U.S. Air Force and owned an animal hospital in Burlingame, California.  He earned a double BA in biology and English from Colby College, a master’s degree in international public health from Boston University and his DVM from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

He is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator and currently serves as chair of the Board of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators. He also serves on the board of Mama’s Kitchen, a San Diego nonprofit committed to providing food for people with chronic illnesses.

Weitzman was co-host of The Animal House, a nationally distributed weekly program on public radio that explored the latest in animal science, pet health, and behavior and wildlife conservation. He has authored three books published by National Geographic: “Everything Dogs,” “How to Speak Dog” and “How to Speak Cat.” He just completed a fourth book, National Geographic’s “Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness” scheduled to be released by Random House in March 2019.

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Gary with kittens