REDMOND, OR -- Brightside Animal Center lost its Executive Director last week, when Chris Bauersfeld stepped down as leader of the Redmond shelter. Lindsey Bivens with Brightside says the shelter is currently accepting applications to fill the Executive Director vacancy. "It’s been a big change. Chris was an amazing part of our shelter, not only for the employees but really for the animals. She was the one that brought in our High-Save mission. And, really made what we are very proud of today." Brightside’s “high save” mission is based on a belief that every animal at the shelter deserves a secure future.
Bivens tells KBND News, "[Bauersfeld] felt comfortably enough, and told us all before she left that it was ok to leave finally, that she felt comfortable to leave. And, that’s what makes us proud to keep that mission going. So, it’s time for us to take the step up." Bivens says the shelter will continue the practice Bauersfeld started, of reaching out to shelters across the west coast and offering to take in animals at risk of being euthanized. Bauersfeld left Brightside reportedly to pursue work with those California shelters.