Decades of Experience Valuable as Animal Shelter Prepares to Move in New Direction

Guilford County has announced the selection of Jorge Ortega as the County’s new Animal Services Director. Ortega has over 20 years of experience in the animal welfare field, and has been successful in a variety of positions in the industry. Ortega is expected to start his new role January 2, 2018.
Prior to accepting the role as Animal Services Director for Guilford County, Ortega served as Senior Director of the ASPCA’s Adoption Center, Kitten Nursery and Canine Annex Rehabilitation & Enrichment Center located in New York City. Previously he was the Vice President of Operations for two progressive animal welfare organizations, the Houston SPCA and the Humane Society of Charlotte.

“I am looking forward to having Jorge join the County’s management staff and leading the Animal Services Department,” says County Manager Marty Lawing. “Jorge’s vast experience with the day-to-day management of progressive animal welfare facilities in Houston, Charlotte and New York City, in addition to his ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with various animal welfare organizations, will be essential to us as we move forward in implementing the Board of Commissioner’s priority of caring for all the lost, abandoned, and surrendered animals in Guilford County.” Ortega has served on numerous boards for animal organizations around the country, such as the Texas Federation of Humane Societies, the North Carolina Animal Federation and the Partnership for Pets Coalition in Charlotte, NC.

District 3 County Commissioner Justin Conrad, who currently serves as the Animal Services Advisory Board Chairman, likened the hire to that of a well-qualified head coach, “It’s going to take the entire team to make the Animal Shelter successful; our partners, our citizens and our staff. I have been very impressed with Jorge; he brings a lot to the table. I believe the County has chosen a great leader to move the Shelter forward.” Ortega is married, father of two children, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Universidad de Puerto Rico specializing in Veterinary/Animal Health Technology.

Ortega shared that he is thrilled to become a part of the Guilford County team. He noted that he will be completing a project with his current employer through the end of December and is looking forwarded to starting a new opportunity in the new year.