Jodi Lytle Buckman, CAWA

Executive Director
Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, Ohio


Jodi Lytle Buckman is the Executive Director of the Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, Ohio, an open admission humane society responsible for cruelty investigations in Franklin County and sheltering over 12,000 animals each year. Jodi has worked in animal sheltering for over 17 years, serving agencies in Maine and Minnesota as Executive Director. Prior to her move to Ohio, she served as Director of Animal Protection Services for the American Humane where, for five years, she served as a resource for shelters nationwide and as a frequent speaker in the areas of animal sheltering and protection.

Jodi serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Federated Humane Societies, is a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, achieved the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) designation in 2006 and has a degree in biology.

With her husband, David Lytle, children, Samuel and Zoƫ, and former foster dog Spot; Jodi lives in Worthington, Ohio.

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Animal Shelter Operational Guide: Animal Adoption

The purpose of this guide is to outline the elements of an effective adoption program so that each animal sheltering organization can formulate and operate the best adopt- ion program possible for its particular set of circumstances. Adoption programs will, and should, vary from shelter to shelter. However, all good adoption programs share certain elements: A proactive screening process to…