Name: Dr. Apryl Steele
Role: President and CEO, Dumb Friends League
How you are connected to CSU Spur?
The League is working together with CSU Spur to operate the full service, subsidized veterinary hospital that will serve pet owners who simply cannot afford care for their sick and injured pets. We will also operate a cat spay and neuter hospital, a pet resource center, and we will have a comprehensive humane education program at the facility.
When did you get involved with Spur and why is it important to you?
I got involved years ago during construction conceptual phases, and the League’s input has been solicited throughout the entire design process. Spur, through this CSU-DFL collaboration, is going to address suffering in thousands of animals while inspiring inner-city youth to explore STEM careers. This work is vital to not only families who are directly impacted but also to the future of veterinary medicine and animal welfare.
What outcomes have you seen or do you expect from work at Spur?
We expect to share the work of veterinarians and animal welfare with hundreds of thousands of people every year resulting in excitement about career opportunities, healing of thousands of animals, and community support for this vital work.
What would you like others to know about Spur?
Spur is about healing, learning, inspiring, and changing the world. The potential impact of this space is extraordinary, and it is a model that other communities will hopefully replicate.