President and CEO, San Diego Humane Society
Gary Weitzman joined the San Diego Humane Society as its president and CEO in 2012. A licensed veterinarian with more than 25 years of animal welfare experience, he is a collaborator committed to finding solutions that benefit animals and people. A significant focus for the San Diego Humane Society is a movement called “Getting to Zero” which involves a comprehensive plan to save the life of every healthy and treatable animal in San Diego Animal Welfare Coalition shelters.
Prior to joining San Diego Humane Society, Weitzman served as president of the Washington Animal Rescue League. He led the large, urban, shelter through a period of unprecedented growth and established its national reputation as a resource for disaster and puppy mill rescues and for other animal shelters.
Weitzman served in the U.S. Air Force and owned an animal hospital in Burlingame, Calif. He earned a double BA in biology and English from Colby College, a master’s degree in public health from Boston University and his doctor of veterinary medicine from Tufts University.
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 Mama’s Kitchen board in San Diego. Until 2015, he 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.
Weitzman has authored three books published by National Geographic: “Everything Dogs,” “How to Speak Dog” and “How to Speak Cat.” Currently, he is working on a fourth book, “The National Geographic Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness.” The title is scheduled to release fall of 2018.