Edwin J. Sayres is a proven nonprofit leader and consultant known for building high-performing organizations positioned for sustainable growth. He currently serves as President and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC). In that role, he is expanding on his longtime efforts to promote responsible pet ownership and works to bring together the pet industry and animal welfare organizations for the benefit of pets, consumers and the industry alike.
Ed was President and CEO of the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) from 2003 to 2013. Under his leadership, the ASPCA significantly increased its brand equity, fundraising, corporate partnerships and mission outcomes. Private support grew 280%, making the ASPCA the top public charity for the period according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, membership tripled to 1.3 million and grant making jumped from $500,000 to $17 million. The ASPCA also developed valuable strategic partnerships with leading corporations including Subaru, Walmart, Target, CVS and Pottery Barn.
At the ASPCA, Ed introduced and expanded the collaborative no-kill animal shelter model he had developed as President of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SF/SPCA). With his guidance, the ASPCA led a successful initiative, working with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, to reduce euthanasia in New York City shelters. As a result, adoptions of animals in these shelters surged from 25% to 75%. The ASPCA replicated the no-kill model in ten major cities across the country, collaborating with municipal and non-profit animal welfare agencies to provide funding and resources to save at-risk animals in those communities.
As President of SF/SPCA from 1998 to 2003, Ed championed the no-kill shelter model, proving its efficacy and exporting it to shelters across the country. These efforts involved developing a pioneering partnership with San Francisco Animal Care and Control that resulted in more adoptions, less euthanasia and fewer dogs and cats at risk, all improvements that have been sustained over time.
Before joining SF/SPCA, Ed was Director of PetSmart Charities, where he formalized and administered the grants program and managed in-store adoptions, leading to the placement of more than 150,000 animals annually. He also headed the Animal Protection Division of the American Humane Association, bringing attention to the importance of managing feral cat populations humanely and promoting the no-kill movement in the national debate on animal sheltering practices.
Ed began his career at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, a statewide animal protection agency based in Madison, New Jersey. While President of St. Hubert’s for 14 of his 20 years there, he created the country’s largest humane society-based dog training facility and formed and served as the first president of the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey, an alliance of 115 animal advocacy groups.