Pet Helpers Hires New Executive Director 

Alan Berger
Alan Berger

Pet Helpers is excited to announce Alan Berger as their new Executive Director. Alan started with Pet Helpers at the beginning of September and has been instrumental in hiring new staff and, along with President/Founder Carol Linville, reigniting the passion behind the 39 year animal rescue. Pet Helpers is a non-profit organization that was started in 1978 with a budget of $2 million and twenty five employees.

Before joining Pet Helpers, Alan, and his wife, owned and operated Nana’s Donuts – a gourmet donut shop producing organic, vegan donuts in a small batch processing environment.

Before returning to Charleston, SC, Alan and his wife, operated two small businesses in Asheville, NC. For five years they owned an independent video rental store that focused on foreign, independent, art house, LGBT, documentary, and animal rights films. In 2011 with their partner and chef, Jason Sellers, they opened PLANT, a small upscale and highly acclaimed restaurant with a sophisticated, innovative, and totally vegan menu.

Earlier in his career, Alan served for nine years as the Executive Director/CEO of the Animal Protection Institute (now Born Free USA) in Sacramento, CA. He moved to Charleston, SC and joined the John Ancrum SPCA (now the Charleston Animal Society) in 2004 as its Executive Director.

Alan had been an Executive Director or Board member for nonprofit organizations in the fields of nature education, wildlife rehabilitation, domestic violence/sexual abuse, child abuse, blindness, AIDS, teenage employment, and homelessness. Alan is an MBA/CPA and completed the ABD stage of a Ph.D. program in business management.

About Pet Helpers: Pet Helpers’ is a 501(c)3 Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic that serves communities across the Lowcountry. Our mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted; providing low cost spay/neuter surgeries; offering humane education programs; pursuing animal-cruelty prosecution; and initiating animal-welfare legislation. Currently Pet Helpers has saved over 35,000 lives.


2 thoughts on “Pet Helpers Hires New Executive Director 

  1. Who is Alan H. Berger?

    Alan Berger was CEO of the Animal Protection Institute for 9 years beginning in 1994. The API opposes “abusers and exploiters of animals”. He insured API would make a dramatic impact in the lives of animals everywhere.

    The API advocates a pledge to promote animal –free circuses.

    Alan Berger was arrested last year on a trespassing charge with 2 other activists at the Tampa Florida Zoo. He is identified as a PETA activist in the August 15 edition of the Tallahassee Democrat.

    Every year since 1985, the top leaders of the national animal rights groups have held a small, private gathering called Summit for the Animals at which they try to reconcile differences and build coalitions. Alan Berger of the Animal Protection Institute noted “ I don’t think that it is any secret that the Summit for the Animals has not been effective as it might be”. He encouraged linking up with other associated-type animal organizations and working on the grassroots level.

    Former API Primate Sanctuary director Lou Griffin sued API after she was fired by former executive director Alan Berger, who left API himself in April 2003 and now heads the John Ancrum SPCA in South Carolina. The case is still in court.

    Alan Berger is a well-paid professional animal activist. He was paid $71,500 as executive director of API. That is 3 times what the president of PETA was paid.

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