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SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals Announces New Executive Director

Skillman, NJ., (June 21, 2017) – The Board of Directors of SAVE, A Friend to Homeless Animals is pleased to announce that Heather L. Achenbach has been named the new Executive Director, effective June 19.


Heather Achenbach brings a wealth of experience to her new role with 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically clinical trial operations management, as well as 12 years of direct experience in people management, including coaching/development, mentoring, customer service and budget management.  For the last 5 years, she led a department of 165 regional employees comprised of both managers and individual contributors. Importantly for her role as SAVE’s Executive Director, Achenbach has been a life-long animals lover, advocate of pet adoption, and active foster and active foster and volunteer for a local NJ rescue. She has adopted both a cat and dog from SAVE and is dedicated to SAVE’s mission. Heather holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA.


The Board of Trustees conducted a national search in February which generated over 60 applicants. “After an extensive interview process with a number of highly qualified candidates, the SAVE Board was thrilled to bring Ms. Achenbach on board.” said Pamela Murdoch, Board President. “The positive response and sincere interest from a wide pool of talented professionals is a true testament to the good work SAVE is doing as an organization. The SAVE Board is confident Heather is a perfect fit to lead the implementation of SAVE’s strategic direction and business plan. Murdoch said, “The combination of Heather’s management experience and results-driven, collaborative leadership is the right mix to strengthen and expand SAVE’s work.”


Achenbach says of her new appointment, "It is truly an honor to be offered the opportunity to carry on the great work that SAVE does in support of our community and the plight of homeless pets. I am looking forward to working with the talented and caring individuals that make up this wonderful organization, building strong and lasting relationships with our volunteers and supporters. I am confident that together we will identify and implement new and unique ways to strengthen our bond within the community and ensure the health, welfare and successful adoption of the cats and dogs in our care.  I left private industry this past June in search of an opportunity where I could better utilize the leadership and business experience I have gained in support of my passion for people and pets. SAVE is definitely the perfect place!”


Founded in 1941, SAVE is a nonprofit animal welfare organization dedicated to protecting the health and        well-being of companion animals in the greater Skillman and Princeton areas.  SAVE strives to substantially reduce animal overpopulation and the corresponding euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats.  For more information about SAVE, please visit or call 609-309-5214.


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