A proposed merger between the Humane Society of Berks County and the Humane League of Lancaster County would result in the creation of a regional animal welfare organization, called Humane Pennsylvania, the HSBC announced Thursday.
Humane Pennsylvania would continue to provide services as the Humane Society and the Humane League, which will be tailored to the needs of their individual communities, officials said.
The merger, however, would place both agencies under the leadership of one volunteer board of directors and one president, the latter being Karel Minor, the Humane Society's current executive director, who said the merger makes sense for the organizations, their personnel, and the communities they serve.
"The Humane Society and Humane League have many of the same goals – pet adoption, quality veterinary care, support for pets and people in need – and Humane Pennsylvania will combine our strengths, our experience and our resources to enable us to do even more good throughout central and southeastern Pennsylvania," said Minor, who has served as the HSBC's executive director since 2004.
Minor's counterpart at the Humane League, Joan Brown, is scheduled to retire as president and CEO in 2014.
"I am so pleased to be leaving this organization in such capable hands as I move into retirement," said Brown. "I have known and respected Karel for many years and feel totally confident in his ability to lead our shelter into a strong future."
The Humane Society has four animal welfare centers spread throughout the region, with its newest facility opening this month in Phoenixville, Chester Co.