Pending name change, expansion plans buoy new leadership at Clallam Humane Society

PORT ANGELES – The Clallam County Humane Society plans to change its name and hopes to expand services – especially to the West End – this year.

“The new name will be the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society,” said Scott Chandler, executive director.

“And I hope we won’t have any trouble with the Olympic committee,” he joked, referring to two businesses in the news lately because the U.S. Olympic Committee has threatened lawsuits against them for using the word “Olympic” in their names.

The private, nonprofit organization has filed its papers to change its name, but no date for the formal switch has been set yet.

“It’s our way of saying, it’s a new day,” said Eileen Herrling, board president.

“We have a brand new executive director. Scott [Chandler] started in October. I am a new board president. I started in August. And the majority of the board is new as well.

“So we decided that, with all this newness, we were starting fresh, and that a good way to do that would be to also have a name change for the organization.”

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