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About Carrie Ducote

Carrie Ducote, Shelter Savvy, holding a cat

Carrie Ducote, MS
Principal Consultant,
Shelter Savvy

People Person for Animal People

Carrie Ducote started volunteering at her local animal shelter in 2007 and got hooked on the industry. She spent four years working as the adoption manager at Atlanta Humane Society and one year as the operations manager at Georgia SPCA. In 2015, she joined Best Friends Animal Society where she spent 8 years in a variety of roles, primarily at the executive level consulting with shelter leadership nationally to decrease euthanasia. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology, master's degree in anthrozoology and institutional certificates in animal services executive leadership and cat lifesaving. 


Likes: stubby pit bulls, kittens with advanced URI, when someone shows up with tacos

Dislikes: adoption barriers, the word "jot", florescent lights

Hobbies: hiking, killing indoor plants, losing my phone

Family: Lucius (canine), Juno & Gumby (feline), Stella & Petunia (porcine), Gordon & Archie (offspring),

Location: Metro Atlanta


  • Partnering with Elected Officials 

  • Community Cat Programs & Ordinances

  • Increasing Adoptions, Removing Barriers and Client Services

  • Building a culture of Lifesaving 

  • Strategic Planning

  • Coalition Building

  • Grant writing

  • Executive Leadership & Staff Management

  • Data Collection & Visualization

  • Shelter Assessments

  • Expanding Foster Programs 

  • Community Engagement

  • Crisis Management 


Institutional Certificates, Animal Services Executive Leadership and Cat Lifesaving, Southern Utah University

Master's of Science, Anthrozoology, Canisius College

Bachelor's of Science

Biology, Georgia College and State University

Publication: "The Governance of Avian Influenza in the United States" published in the book "When Animals Die" edited by Katja Guenther and Julian Paul Keen, published by New York University Press

Speaking Engagements

  • Best Friends National Conference- 2019, 2020, 2022

  • Virginia Federation of Humane Societies Conference - 2022

  • Midwest Animal Sheltering Conference -2022

  • Carolinas UNITE - 2022

  • Animal Protection and Wellness Expo - 2018, 2022

  • Georgia Companion Animal Partnership Conference - 2017


See Carrie in Action

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