Jace Huggins

Officer Jace Huggins has been an enforcement officer and animal care professional for more than 15 years, serving in a diverse set of roles with agencies throughout California.  As an Animal Care Manager for Placer SPCA, he oversaw the husbandry and care of all animals in the shelter. He then became an animal control officer for the City of Sacramento and in time, earned the title of Chief Animal Control Officer. He recently took on the role of Vice President and Chief of Humane Law Enforcement at San Diego Humane Society. His team services a population of just over 2,500,000. Jace directs, coordinates, and evaluates Humane law activities including the enforcement of laws related to animal protection and the sheltering of animals; develops and implements animal control programs and field enforcement policies; and assists with the coordination of division activities with the 13 cities that SDHS contracts with. One of his proudest accomplishments is the development of the Sacramento P.A.W.S. (Promoting Animal Welfare and Safety) program, which includes volunteer field responders for low-risk/high-education need kitten calls, a no barrier resource program for owners, and a door-to-door resource program led by officer/volunteer teams. He works diligently on innovative programs that focus on keeping pets in their homes and providing owners with non-judgmental, low/no barrier access to resources. Jace prioritizes inclusion in animal welfare, serving on multiple DEI committees. He was a trainer for the City Of Sacramento Police Academy, serves as a board member for NACA, and is a law enforcement trainer with the Humane Society of the United States.

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