Medford, Ore. — In 2015, Southern Oregon Humane Society set a new record with more than 1,800 animals finding their forever home.
It’s one of the many things Executive Director, Kenn Altine is proud of, and one of the reasons his departure will be so bittersweet. Altine has accepted a position in Sacramento, California. NBC5 News sat down with him today as he reflects on his time in the Rogue Valley, and the new chapter that lies ahead.
“I think it’s to the credit of this organization that I was hired away if you will,” Kenn Altine says.
In Kenn altine’s 4 and a half years as Executive Director of the Southern Oregon Humane Society, he’s seen a lot of growth.
“We’ve seen adoptions go up 38%, we’ve seen 40% of our kennels be remodeled,” Altine says, “we’ve been really busy!”
Altine has accepted the job of CEO of the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. It’s a promotion that will allow him to help even more animals.
“Going from here of helping 1500 to 2000 animals a year, to helping tens of thousands of animals a year.”
And while it’s a big step forward, Altine plans on bringing some of the unique qualities of SoHumane along with him.
“We know every animal. We know their stories. We care for them as if they are our family,” Altine says, “so I want to make sure that that connection that makes SoHumane so humane if you will, carries over.”
And while his days will soon be filled with new furry friends, Altine says it’s the people he’ll miss most.
“I’ve made so many incredible friends and animal lovers here, and I will be taking them with me, because in the digital age you don’t have to leave people behind you leave places behind but this is a magical place.”
Altine will continue at SoHumane until June 3rd in order to stay through their annual “A Toast for Tails” auction. Tickets are still available HERE. Karen Evans, the organization’s Director of Development will serve as interim Executive Director until a permanent replacement is found.
Executive Producer Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5 and 6. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.
She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.