“I will be retiring in December after 40 years in animal welfare, 32 of them here in Carroll County,” Humane Society of Carroll County, Maryland executive director Carolyn “Nicky” Ratliff e-mailed to ANIMALS 24-7 on October 10, 2014.
“I will be spending my post-retirement days,” Ratliffe anticipated, “continuing my volunteer work as an advisory board member of Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon. Maryland. I have been on their board and now board of advisors for the past 20-plus years. I may also continue to help out our state association of animal control agencies and animal welfare organizations Professional Animal Workers of Maryland with training and lobbying in the state capital as bills are being heard.
“That being said I will be happy to not be specifically in charge of an animal shelter any longer,” Ratliffe said. “The climate has just become so hostile and mean-spirited. Such a shame; animal welfare/rights folks just seem to eat their young.”