Dan DeSousa, CAWA
Director, County of San Diego Department of Animal Services
Dan DeSousa has worked for the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services for twenty-eight years. Starting as an animal control officer, he quickly moved into the Department’s Dangerous Dog Task Force and then into management where he was recently promoted to the position of Director of the Department. As part of those “other duties as assigned”, Dan was designated the Department’s Public Information Officer in 2007 and he has worked hard to establish and maintain a positive working relationship with the local media. In addition, due to his experience in the disasters that have struck San Diego County, Dan is now responsible for coordinating the response of the Department’s personnel to wildfires and other emergencies.
Dan is on the Executive Board of the National Council on Violence Against Animals (NCOVAA) and he had the lead in creating documents for animal control and humane officers to report animal cruelty data to the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). A Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) member for the past four years, Dan passed their Certified Animal Welfare Administrator exam in 2015. Dan previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA) as the Secretary and as the Vice President of the Association. For the past five years, Dan has also served on the Executive Board of Pets America whose goal is to educate pet owners regarding disaster preparedness. In addition, due to his experience in the field of disaster response, he is a co-chair for the Evacuation and Transportation Best Practices Working Group for the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Evacuation Programs (NASAAEP). In July of 2016, he was also selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the State Humane Association of California.
In what little spare time he has, Dan likes to travel to places where his phone and laptop do not work.