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Richard P Werner
Executive Director 1991-Present

Mr. Werner was brought into the  American Pet Association in 1991 as one of the founding members.  Prior to working with the APA he was credited with saving the lives of hundreds of companion animals by investigating and exposing "puppy mills".

His first contact with a humane agency was at a young age when he decided to volunteer.  Within a year his ideas on housing and care, operations and fundraising were recognized by being asked to sit on the Board of Directors at 20 years old.

He is seen as unique in the humane field by recognizing that it is not only important to make the pet's life as humane and positive as possible, but balancing the environment with their human counterparts. "It's not all about the pet, it's about the pet AND the human" he is quick to say.

Mr. Werner is also a pioneer in humane training of companion animals and has assisted thousands of pet owners in the past 20 years (a book is planned "when time permits, whenever that will be!"). His training techniques are widely used and are agruably the best, and most humane, in the industry.

He is as likely to be called up by the IT department for advice on the company network as he is to be called into a financial planning meeting.  He is actively involved with every aspect of the APA and has personally interviewed, or met with, most of the APA's employees.  In addition he has visited over half of our associated Humane Agencies.

He has been with his wife for more than 26 years and they just celebrated their 21st anniversary.  Mr. Werner is a Coast Guard Certified Captain, they are both PSIA Certified Ski Instructors and PADI Certified DIVEMASTER scuba divers with over 1000 dives together.  Their love for the ocean has made them both very interested in reef preservation projects.

They have a wonderful companion named Stella, an American Bulldog. She was abandoned in Key West prior to becoming a part of the Werner's family and is now a great example of positive, humane rehabilitation. The staff at the APA call her "the perfect dog". 

 

A few Director Policies

  • Feedback is critical to success. I ask questions, even when I feel like I know the answer. Multiple opinions are priceless.
  • You CAN maintain high standards while saving money. We can afford to offer better quality materials, extra services, and higher value by not wasting money in unnecessary technology or office costs.
  • Happy, healthy employees are priceless. As is a positive work environment.
  • We have a zero tolerance policy for aggressive or abusive employees OR customers.
  • We are not an activist organization. Although I would love to take action on many issues, we have to stay focused on our mission. 
  • We are happy to work with, and support organizations we trust. Others we simply steer clear of, there is no need for confrontation.
  • You can almost never make a blanket statement or policy. Almost every situation and person needs to be treating as an individual case.