Jo-Anne Dixon, longtime leader of Mountain Humane animal shelter, is stepping down from her role as executive director and medical director of the Blaine County nonprofit.
Dixon formally resigned late last week, she told the Idaho Mountain Express on Thursday.
“It’s been a labor of love, and years of work,” she said. “The organization has grown—and grown to be a great organization.”
A veterinarian by trade, Dixon joined what was then the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley in 2006, serving as the organization’s first medical director. A year later, the board added executive director to her title.
Under Dixon, the shelter launched a $16 million capital campaign, moving from a patchwork building nearly four decades old to a state-of-the-art, 30,000-square-foot facility on a 20-acre campus west of Hailey. In the process, it changed its name to Mountain Humane, and widened its mission to serve animal welfare statewide. For her work, Dixon was voted the valley’s 2018 Woman of the Year by readers of the Idaho Mountain Express.
Now, the shelter has doubled in size—and Dixon’s twin titles grew with them.
“Both of those are big jobs,” she said. “It’s gotten to be a lot. With the capital campaign completed, it’s a good time for the next leader to take over.”
As of press time Thursday, Mountain Humane could not be reached for comment.