WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - International Women's Day is observed on March 8th to celebrate women's achievements across the globe. Here in Washington County, women are making all of the difference in the lives of thousands of animals.
The Humane Society of Washington County was named non-profit of the year at the annual Washington County Business Awards.
"I could not be more proud to be the leader of this organization and more humbled to do it with the team that I have," said Kim Intino the President and CEO of the Humane Society.
Intino's team at the shelter is overwhelmingly female.
"All of our directors our female. We're female run," said Kim Jones, director of volunteer and animal initiatives.
However, it hasn't always been that way.
'When I started seven years ago, top leadership was male," said Jones. "Then, roughly four years ago, our second in command Ellen Taylor came and then we really saw a shift in the tide."
Although Intino attributes the success to the hardwork of both male and female team members, the network of women working is strong.
"I feel like women are naturally caretakers and I feel like that contributes to the success of this organization," said Noel Fridgen, the shelter's communications and digital fundraising manager.
They say having female leaders also helps them to be problem solvers and care for the nearly 6,000 animals that come through their doors.
"We may not always agree with each other but we find ways to work through it and work with each other for the best interest of the animals," said Jones.
"Each and every [animal] holds a special place in our hearts and I think that shows in our work and in our attempts to find them the best homes that they can get," said Fridgen.