Devon Apodaca

Devon Apodaca. FERNANDO ACOSTA JR. PHOTO

Twenty-nine cats and dogs are situated inside their crates for the long haul to Joshua Tree. Unbeknownst to them, they’re in for quite a day — surgery in fact — and the return trip home. It’s what needs to be done every other week for about 30 animals at a time. For Devon Apodaca, executive director at Humane Society of Imperial County, it’s all in a day’s work.

While the 29-year-old born and raised in the Imperial Valley admits to sitting at a desk for the requisite duties in management, he’s not the typical suit-and-tie director. Rather, in steel-toed boots, jeans and a T-shirt, he’s right in there with the staff: cleaning and washing dishes, safely transporting pets to and fro, and making the decisions he needs to lead the society to perform as a shelter that not only assists animals that are abused and neglected but in educating the community and fostering connections with rescue partners near and far.

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Erica Bermudez-Aguilar

Thank you for writing this article. Big kudos to Mr. Apodaca for all he has done. He is so young and has accomplished so much. Thank you so much. Hopefully this article can serve as a reminder for all of us to donate to the Humane Society.

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