Animal Shelter Advisory Board


  • Generally at 6:00 pm
  • Six times per year
  • Community Development
    Conference Room
    5702 Rowlett Rd.
    Rowlett, TX 75089
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Agendas are available prior to the meetings.

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Minutes are also available following approval.

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Many archived documents are now available via this website. Agendas and minutes prior to 2008 are located in Laserfiche, a document imaging program used by the City for archived records. Instructions (PDF) are also provided.


The Animal Shelter Advisory Board is comprised of seven regular members (that must, by State statute, include at least one licensed veterinarian, one City staff member, one person whose duties include the daily operation of an animal shelter and one representative from an animal welfare agency) appointed by the City Council who serve staggered two-year terms and two alternate members appointed by the City Council annually.

Member Position Term Ending
David Gensler Staff Member Continuous
Kristy Clark Daily Operation Member Continuous
Dr. Michele Hoag Licensed Veterinarian September 30, 2025
Michele Orahood Animal Welfare Representative  September 30, 2024
Vacant Regular Member September 30, 2024
Melissa Thomas Regular Member September 30, 2025
Sue Hartson Regular Member, Chair September 30, 2025
Stephanie Higgins Alternate Member September 30, 2024
Michael Weiss Alternate Member September 30, 2024
Nancy Ernst Alternate Member September 30, 2024

Board Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the Animal Shelter Advisory Board include advising and assisting the City in complying with State statutes regarding operation and maintenance of its animal shelter.

Time Commitment

The Animal Shelter Advisory Board has at least six meetings per year. In addition to these meetings, the members are encouraged to volunteer at the Rowlett Animal Shelter and participate during the Adopt-A-Thon.

Become a Member

Are you looking for ways to give back to the community? If so, we have a spot for you! We’re looking for committed residents willing to volunteer a few hours of their time each month to serve on a board or commission. Applications are available in the City Secretary’s Office in the City Hall Municipal Center at 4000 Main Street. Completed applications can be dropped off at the City Secretary’s Office, faxed to 972-412-6118 or emailed to the City Secretary’s Office.