Joan Carlson-Radabaugh, Education Chair
Administrative Director

For more than three decades, Joan Carlson Radabaugh has a successful track record working in animal welfare management, raising community awareness and standards for animals through collaboration with governmental agencies, non-profit community agencies, donors, and grass root advocates. 

She worked for the national ASPCA’s Community Outreach Division as Community Initiatives, Director FL/GA.  Prior to her work with the ASPCA, Joan served as Executive Director for the Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County, CEO of the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League/Palm Beach and as a consultant with the HSUS South Florida Wildlife Center. She was instrumental in shelter design for three capital campaigns ranging from 2 to 11 million dollars for 8,000 to 38,000 square feet campuses and developing proactive programs forwarding the welfare of animals.

Joan served as a court appointed agent in Indian River County under FL statutes 828.03/828.073, responsible for assisting local law enforcement of animal protection laws.  Her experience with investigations included petitioning courts for protective custody of abused animals. She has experience testifying in court with both civil and criminal cases, some of which were high profile and large scale in nature.  Her ability to work in partnership with other local and state agencies and grass root efforts has been instrumental in the passage of state legislation pertaining to the welfare of animals. 

Joan has extensive experience with disaster planning and response. She has coordinated the movement of displaced companion animals while at the same time providing temporary housing for the companion animals of local elderly and disabled members of the community and emergency workers. During Katrina, Joan assisted the HSUS in Hattiesburg Ms., helping coordinate temporary housing/care and transport of animals for foster care.  In addition, she implemented a lost and found monitoring and provided oversight with identification and direct care of animals.

Joan advocacy for animals reaches beyond companion animals, she spearheaded a local effort resulting in the first emergency/special permit issued by the state of Florida allowing relocation of Gopher Tortoises in danger of entombment.

Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations


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