The RSPCA ACT has announced the resignation of their high profile and long serving CEO Michael Linke:
The CEO of RSPCA ACT, Michael Linke, has today announced that he will be leaving RSPCA ACT after eight and a half years as RSPCA ACT’s first CEO.
“We have a saying at RSPCA – happy/sad days. Today is one of those days. It’s a happy day as I reflect on everything I have achieved for RSPCA and the animal welfare movement. It’s a sad day as I leave a job and a team who have meant so much to me over this last eight years.
“I leave at the top of my game.
“In 2005 RSPCA had some mountains to climb. Today as I stand at the top of the last mountain I look back. I have secured RSPCA’s future with plans being laid for a new joint animal welfare facility to be built in the ACT.
“Our companion animal rehoming strategy – saving more lives – is the envy of shelters world wide. Every animal has, and I am sure will continue, to be given the time, space, care and attention to find a home or be returned to an owner.
“Our diversified revenue generation activities have gone a long way to securing our financial sustainability. Events such as Million Paws Walk and Cupcake Day have grown in popularity to a point now where they are the main stay on the community’s calendar. Commercially I have created Tango’s Place – our five star cat boarding facility – an accessible and affordable vet clinic, a high quality dog training school and a boutique pet shop. Each of these activities plays an important role in generating much of the $4M needed each year for RSPCA to operate.
“I am sure that this announcement will come as a surprise to many. The timing however is perfect for me and for RSPCA. The retirement of our President Sue Gage presented a perfect punctuation point for me and RSPCA. It is time for new leadership. Eight and a half years has allowed me to achieve everything I set out to achieve. Sue and I had a number of goals that we agreed upon in 2005. We have ticked off every one of these goals.
Including the two mentioned above, successfully seeing an end to back yard fireworks in the ACT was a key outcome we wanted to achieve. Seeing an end to factory farming in the ACT was another. Improving animal welfare care and protection legislation was a third.