Anne Lindsay

Recipient AVMA Humane Award 2011

Founder, Massachusetts Animal Coalition

For 23 years Anne Lindsay has been an advocate for animals. Her strength has been in connecting people and ideas within the animal welfare and veterinary communities. She is the founder of the Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC), one of the country's first statewide coalitions for animal welfare professionals and volunteers. Through her leadership MAC has become a vehicle for learning and networking, and is the "go-to" organization for many initiatives.

Anne's work has focused on the relationships among animal professionals and volunteers. She recently earned her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University, to address the human part of animal work. She consults with humane organizations and boards of directors on team building, board development, coalition building and compassion fatigue. She is also a Clinical Instructor in Pet Loss and Euthanasia at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

Anne is a board member of her state disaster animal response team, past President of the New England Federation of Humane Societies, and received the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association's 2004 Merit Award. In May she became an honorary member of Phi Zeta, Alpha Beta Chapter, at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She is also a member the Tufts Shelter Medicine Steering Committee.

Throughout her career, Anne has worked to help animal professionals recognize that intelligent, critical thinking – and speaking with a strong, clear voice – is what will effect change for our animal friends.