Dr. Wes Metzler, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region since 1993, said today that he plans to retire next year.
The board of directors is searching for a replacement.
During his tenure, Metzler led a capital campaign for the shelter and spearheaded a bond referendum, which voters approved.
Before that the shelter was a ramshackle assortment of cinder-block buildings and outdoor kennels. During winter, drifting snow would pile up, blocking access to the kennel doors.
During 2000, the shelter became a public-private partnership and the indoor shelter was built.
The organization has also expanded to provide animal control services to Pueblo, Douglas County and Centennial.
The humane society recently added a surgery center to its Colorado Springs site. Shelter animals receive on-site veterinary treatment or spay or neuter surgeries.
Last year the shelter housed nearly 23,000 animals.