Krystal Hasard, Executive Director
Krystal joined the organization in 2015 as a foster home and evening cleaner at our PetSmart Adoption Center. She was hired as the Assistant Executive Director in 2016 and spent four years improving organization operations and developing relationships with local shelters and rescues before stepping into her current role as the Executive Director in 2020. She can’t imagine having a better job!
During her time with Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society, she has been involved with developing the rapid growth of the organization from a foster based rescue to the opening of our first brick-and-mortar location in Milltown, NJ in 2018. A life-long learner and self-styled “Jill of all trades”, Krystal brings expertise to the position from a number of prior roles, including bookkeeping and financial management, project leadership, customer-facing conflict resolution, as well as technology and innovation experience. A certified yoga and meditation instructor, Krystal also brings soft skills, including compassion, empathy, and a deep respect for all living things to the organization.
Under Krystal’s management, Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society is setting up to achieve extraordinary goals to expand the organization’s reach to serve our local community. Plans are in place for programs to directly serve more animals by increasing the relief on shelters and rescues through the expansion of programs such as trap-neuter-return (TNR), education, shelter transfers, in-house foster program, and the development of a grant program to assist those in need to help them keep their beloved pets.
Krystal was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She is a proud alumna of The University of Western Ontario. Krystal and her husband reside in Milltown, New Jersey, with their three adopted cats, Yog, Yumi, and Wynken.
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