SPRUCE PINE – Members of the Mitchell County Animal Rescue board announced Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, that Amber Dale Lowery has been named its executive director, effective Jan. 1.
“Lowery’s experience and dedication to the care and well-being of animals in need is exceptional,” according to a press release. “She has excelled in a range of different positions at MCAR for more than 12 years and understands every aspect of shelter operations. As a lifelong resident of Mitchell County, Amber brings an invaluable understanding of our local community to the position, which should serve to support her goal of increased outreach opportunities.” Lowery said she is excited for MCAR to build on the successes of educational initiatives such as the Mutt-i-grees curriculum, on which she has worked closely with Harris Middle School principal Michael Tountasakis, and uses animals such as Ruby the comfort dog to teach social-emotional learning skills to children. She will also continue to work in conjunction with local law enforcement to find the most effective ways to advocate for the humane treatment of animals, improving their quality of life and stopping unnecessary suffering.
“I have gained a respect and understanding for each task, heartache and joy-filled moment,” Lowery said about her time at MCAR. “I am excited to be a part of our growth in this county.”
Lowery resides in Spruce Pine with her husband and two children. She volunteers as a youth worker and helps teach Sunday School at Altapass Baptist Church.
Lowery replaces Pam Coté, who worked as MCAR executive director since this past February.