Sharon Secovich’s first exposure to animal rescue was back when she was a little girl in the 1960s. Sharon’s mom, a waitress, would collect her customer’s food scraps and then she and Sharon would drive to a nearby house and sneak out back to feed the feral cats. Afterwards, her mom would take the plastic buckets that she had collected the food in and angrily fling them into the neighbor’s front lawn as they sped away. As she got older she was tasked with carrying these “sneak attacks” alone, including the blatant tossing of the buckets while speeding away on her bicycle.
Fast forward 30 years and, while working as an environmental geologist, Sharon co-founded Friends of Feral Felines, a TNR group initially focused on the ferals on Portland’s working waterfront. Sharon did a stint as a board member and treasurer of Maine Friends of Animals and worked for Animal Rescue New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina.
In 2003, as a co-founder of Spay Maine, she and Susan Hall led a state-wide effort to unite a consortium of Maine’s animal welfare stakeholders to create and find funding for, a state run and state funded spay/neuter program. The program, called Help Fix ME, is fully funded and became operational in July 2004. In 2006 Maine’s Governor Baldacci appointed her Sharon to the state’s Animal Welfare Advisory Committee where she served for five years, three of them as committee chair. In 2011 Sharon found grant funding for a low-cost spay/neuter clinic at the Animal Welfare Society (AWS) and has since expanded the shelter’s spay/neuter program into a into a statewide spay/neuter program.
Sharon holds a BA degree in English, a BS degree in Geology, and an MS in Public Policy and Non-Profit Management. She and her husband live in Alfred, Maine with five cats and three dogs.