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Shelter Team

Any shelter is only as good as the people who work there. We take pride in the level of care and commitment that our staff demonstrates daily. Their jobs are not just jobs to them. Each of them truly loves the animals in their care, and they do their best to make sure the dog and cat residents are healthy and happy and that their environment is comfortable and clean. Before you learn anything more about the team, you may already know you want to join us. To apply for employment click here.

Meet The Staff

Renee Tomberlin, Shelter Director

I began working at the Humane Society in 2011 as a kennel tech. Under the supervision of the former Director, I learned about animal behavior and basic shelter medicine. I am a Certified Rabies Vaccinator and a Certified Euthanasia Technician. I took over as Director in October of 2015 and have been challenged and rewarded while learning how to run the shelter! I have had many different careers in the past from Special Education to Social Services, to helping my husband run a business, but nothing speaks to my soul like being here at the shelter. I have so many ideas and initiatives all aimed at helping us become the best shelter we can possibly be. My favorite breed is the German Shepherd Dog but I love all dogs and cats who come through our door! I am the proud mother of four grownup human children and one wonderful dog, a Labrador Retriever.

Ember Trimble, Animal Shelter Associate Manager

I have been involved with the Yancey Humane Society on and off since 2015. Once you are involved in animal rescue it’s hard to stay away. Rescue is my passion and is the most rewarding thing I’ve done besides have my two beautiful daughters Delaney and Madison. 

Danielle Ward, Shelter Clinic Manager

I joined the YCHS team in early ‘21 as a kennel tech and quickly found a passion for shelter medicine. After training under the supervision of the directors and former med tech, Emily (RVT), I took over as shelter clinic manager/spay and neuter coordinator! I am also a Certified Rabies Vaccinator and Certified Euthanasia Technician. When I’m not at the shelter, I can usually be found flipping rocks by the river or taking a nap with my big ol’ orange cat, Walter. 

Bailey Worley, Kennel Manager

I have always had a passion for animals, so it’s no big surprise that I’ve built a career around that passion. I started at YCHS several years ago as a Kennel Tech, and have since been promoted to Kennel Manager! When I’m not working, I spend my free time with my own four dogs, painting, and being outdoors. 

Jo Sheldon, Office Coordinator

I have been adopting rescue dogs for over 29 years. I am originally from Massachusetts, NYC, and CT. My current two rescue dogs
are Patch, a 6 year old, 48 pound lab/pittie mix (gentle soul) and Zip, a 4 year old, 20 pound Feist Terrier who rules the roost. My husband and I are starting our 19th year here in Burnsville.

Lynn Broadway, Volunteer/Donor Relations Coordinator
Jacquie, Bookkeeper

I have been involved in animal rescue for over 30 years. It is my passion, along with the Yancey Humane Society (YHS)! I have been volunteering at the YHS over 10 years, ever since my husband and I moved here from North Florida in 2012. I accepted a part time position at the YHS in 2023. In my spare time, I like to hike with my two rescue pups, Rainy, a beagle mix, and Tate, a Rat Terrier mix.

Our Office Assistants

Our office assistants work the front desk and are the first faces our customers see when they walk in the door. They wear many hats and perform a wide variety of administrative duties. We could not operate without these crucial team members!


Join Our Team!

Your Work Can Save Lives

You don’t have to be a veterinarian to help us improve the lives of animals.

But you do need to be conscientious and customer-service oriented!
If you are, the Yancey County Humane Society may be a great place for you to work.

We are committed to training all of our employees, and to ensuring they have the skills necessary to work in a shelter environment. Our goal is to work hard to save the lives of over a thousand animals a year. You can become a part of this rewarding experience by applying for one of our positions today!

The Yancey County Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. 

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