MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The City of Mobile Animal Shelter is under new leadership. The change comes after the Animal Shelter was moved from Mobile Police management to a newly-established Animal Services Department.

Ali Rellinger was named the city’s first Director of Animal Services, according to an Animal Shelter Facebook post.

Rellinger has more than a decade of animal welfare experience, including serving as president of the Animal Rescue Foundation.

Rellinger isn’t the only new office holder. Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced on Oct. 8 that Joe Snowden will serve as executive director of administrative services, the office that now oversees the Animal Shelter.

Snowden and a new team of local and regional experts will work to maintain the shelter through its transitional period.

The team will also determine how the $130,000 allocation will be used to improve the animal shelter, pending approval of the Mobile City Council, according to the release. 

This change in structure comes after the shelter has faced several challenges including increased demand for animal control services and manpower shortages due to COVID-19, according to the release. 

Stimpson explained the need for structural change.

“Community confidence is an important part of our success at the animal shelter, and this is an opportunity to repair that confidence while improving operations and services,” Stimpson said. “While MPD has made important progress at the shelter, this move will streamline the chain of command and allow us to put a greater focus on swiftly executing a plan to address these current challenges.