Hilary Shurtleff is the Government Affairs and Policy Coordinator for Texas Pets Alive! In this role she manages and tracks department activities, participates in local and statewide advocacy efforts, manages volunteers and interns, and represents the organization at conferences and events.
Hilary earned her Masters of Science in Applied Sociology Cum Laude from Texas State University. In 2014, she officially entered the world of animal welfare as a volunteer and foster with Austin Animal Center (AAC). She has continued to increase her involvement in animal welfare through various shelter roles focused on improving the lives of shelter animals, people, and preserving the human-animal bond. As the Neighborhood Level Program Pet Resource Specialist with AAC, she focused on breaking down barriers for pet owners including access to resources, information sharing, and reuniting people with their lost pets. From there, she was Outcome Coordinator at AAC focused on expanding positive outcomes for harder to place animals.
Hilary lives in Travis county with her partner and rescued fur-children. She is committed to influencing widespread change that positively impacts the lives of people and pets while bettering the animal welfare system across Texas and beyond.