While attending the University of Houston College of Business Administration, Sean Hawkins was hired by author and humanitarian Cleveland Amory to open spay and neuter clinics for the Fund for Animals in 1993. Sean pioneered the concept of mobile spay and neuter clinics across the United States. Under The Fund’s umbrella, Sean opened and operated the “largest spay & neuter clinic in the world” in Manhattan, in addition to clinics in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque. The mobile clinic in Albuquerque provided free spay / neuter and veterinary care for dogs and cats living on the vast Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and Apache tribal lands. The Fund’s clinics became an independent charity known as the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) in 1999, with Sean as its Founder and CEO until 2005.
Sean was the Executive Director of the Millan Foundation, the charity partner of the television series “Dog Whisperer,” until 2009 where he helped to launch and fund the “Mutt-i-grees” humane education curriculum with Yale University School of the 21st Century. Sean created the smash hit “Hero Dog Awards” for American Humane Association in 2010 and was that program’s Executive Producer until 2012.
Most recently Sean held the post of Vice President of Philanthropy at the SPCA of Central Florida from 2013 to 2016. Accepting the Executive Director position with Second Chance Center for Animals, Sean and his rescue dogs Buddy and Mabel relocated to Flagstaff in February, 2016. Sean’s vision for the community is to create a Northern Arizona where every dog and cat has a home.