The Hooved Animal Humane Society (HAHS) will celebrate its 30th birthday later this year. On June 11, Dr. Lydia Miller joined as the organization’s new executive director, and plans to renew members’ commitment to the mission and planning for 30 more productive years.

The HAHS is a national organization founded to promote and ensure the humane treatment of hooved animals through education, advocacy, investigation, and when necessary, legal intervention. HAHS helped pass landmark legislation called the Humane Care for Animals Act in Illinois that has become the national model for state law protecting hooved animals.

“As a doctor of veterinary medicine, I know caring for horses and other animals is not enough. Animals need an advocate, an educator, a communicator and a passionate voice in our elected bodies of government to protect them from neglect or abuse,” continued Miller.

With the support of many volunteers and dedicated staff, Miller intends to expand the Society’s educational and programmatic activities, increase membership and fundraising, and step up the Society’s advocacy efforts. As a new chapter of the HAHS begins, the organization is involved in a lawsuit filed by its previous executive director. Details on the lawsuit can be viewed at

Miller is a published equine journalist, educator, and communicator. She comes to HAHS from the American Association of Equine Practitioners, where she served as the Director of Owner Education.

“Miller is not only well-qualified, but a personal delight. As she is a veterinarian, we are assured the animals are in good hands,” said Lee Abernethy, HAHS Board Member. “In addition, she brings professional business management and communication that HAHS needs as we make our way into the 21st Century, continuing and expanding our vital mission.”