Melissa Vecera

Director of In-Kind Operations,

Melissa Vecera is the Director of In-Kind Operations at She oversees approximately $50MM in in-kind donations that are granted out to animal welfare organizations each year. She started at in 2016 as the Affiliates Manager for the Rescue Bank program. After a year she transitioned to Shelter Outreach Manager, creating the new Supplies for Shelters program. In May 2019 she was promoted and now directs all animal related in-kind donations for the organization. Prior to joining the team, she was on the Petfinder shelter outreach team for four years, where she managed the nationwide Adoption Options conference series. In her role she managed all aspects of the strategic direction and successful implementation of the program. She traveled to nearly 70 different cities across the country to bring the latest animal welfare knowledge to local communities, reaching thousands of animal welfare professionals in-person. She calls Maryland home, and shares it with her 12-year-old dachshund named Lily, her hedgehog named Violet, and a rotating cast of foster pets.