Melissa Rivard, Hospital Manager
A life-long lover of animals, Melissa Rivard has been a part of SPCA Tampa Bay for 9 years and counting, starting in November of 2008. She started in the medical department, and eventually worked her way up to Foster Supervisor. Following her passion for Pinellas County’s community cat problem, in 2015 Melissa took on the role of Executive Director with MEOW Now, Inc., Pinellas County’s first non-profit TNVR (Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return) program. She worked alongside the board of directors to set up the program funding, infrastructure and volunteer base. Although TNVR was previously against Pinellas County code, she worked hard to set up systems that could prove TNVR was a humane and effective way to manage community cat populations. Those programs were effective enough that in 2017 the commissioners permanently approved TNVR in our county.
In August 2016, Melissa joined SPCA Tampa Bay’s new initiative – St. Petersburg Veterinary Center – and was a part of the spay and neuter team. She and the entire new staff worked diligently to open the new hospital and make it successful to generate funds to send back to the Largo shelter (which helps more than 8,000 homeless animals a year). In mid-2017, she was promoted to the Hospital Manager position, and is excited to take on the challenging role of leading and growing the hospital into the future.
On her free time, Melissa enjoys quality time with her family – husband, daughter and son. She enjoys swimming, visits to the beach for sunset and participating in church activities.