The CARE Team
CARE STL Founder & CEO
Weng Horak is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Animal Rescue and Enrichment of St. Louis - CARE STL, a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) led organization. Weng is Asian-American who immigrated to St. Louis in 2009 and founded the organization in 2018 to create a supportive community rooted in collaboration, compassion, and caring for people and animals. Weng envisions a world where all animals are nurtured in body, mind, and heart. CARE STL operates the City of St. Louis Animal Care and Control facility with a live release rate of 96.64%. Weng leads the organization by implementing animal regulation ordinances, especially the spay and neuter ordinance, pet rabies registration, and microchipping for the pets of the City of St. Louis residents. She works collaboratively with the City of St. Louis Department of Health to enforce the city laws relevant to animal care and control. Weng achieved her Master of Business Administration at the Philippine School of Business Administration and has lived in the United States since 2009. She is a Certified Public Accountant and ISO Certified Internal Auditor. She is a member of the Society of Animal Welfare Organizations, a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, and a member of the Construction Financial Management Association, and several CFO organizations. Her peers recognize Weng as a forward-thinking, results-oriented & hands-on leader with over 26 years of progressive work experience in finance, accounting, HR, and operations. In 2020, Weng was recognized for her innovative, solution-oriented work for the City of St. Louis Animal Care shelter. She was featured on several major networks and publications, including People Magazine, USA Today, Access Hollywood, NBC, and KSDK's Making a Difference segment of Channel 5 News. These public relations opportunities recognized her leadership of CARE STL and were not paid promotional editorials. Weng was invited to speak at the Best Friends National Conference for leaders who are involved in animal welfare. Weng published and shared her knowledge about “Turning Your Municipal Shelter into a No-Kill Shelter.” Weng was also recently named 2022 Titan 100 CEO - a program recognizing St. Louis’ Top 100 CEO & and C-level executives. In February 2023, Weng was officially recognized with 40 women as Best Selling Authors AND Best Selling International Author for her published book Resilience - Deconstructing G.R.I.T. Collection: 40 Women share inspiring stories of perseverance despite adversity and choose to walk through life with purpose, persistence, and awareness.
Dr. Keri Morgan,
Dr. Morgan is the Medical Director at CARE STL. In such as short time, Dr. Morgan improved medical protocols and guidelines for animal care/feeding/welfare, with special attention paid to minimizing animal stress and decreasing the length of stay. She daily assesses population health through data analysis, rounds with the leadership team, and addresses population-level issues through changes to protocols, policies, and/or procedures. She also leads, guides, and consults shelter volunteer veterinarians and part-time veterinarians on medical treatment plans for animals in our care. Dr. Morgan actively participates as an executive team member; attends applicable meetings, and participates in strategic planning for the organization. She provides training and mentorship for veterinary staff and maintains an atmosphere of conducive continuous learning. Dr, Morgan is personally hands-on in individual animal care, including physical exams, vaccinations, prescribing and administering medications; ordering and performing appropriate diagnostics; competently performing medical and surgical procedures safely and efficiently. She ensures that all state and federal laws, state regulations, and accepted standards regarding veterinary operations, drug control, and best veterinary medicine practices are adhered to. Dr. Morgan graduated from the University of Missouri with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and a Master's in Public Health. She settled in St. Louis after graduating, but she is originally from Atlanta and attended the University of Georgia (go bulldogs!) Dr. Morgan specialized in hospice care and euthanasia for dogs and cats before transitioning to shelter medicine. She especially loves emergent and supportive care. In her downtime, Dr. Morgan enjoys running and hiking with her dogs Nemo and Vanya and cuddling with her two cats, Washington and Benjamin.
Training & Enrichment Manager
CPDT-KA, Certified Fear-Free Trainer
Kailey King is our CARE STL Training and Enrichment Manager. As the Head Trainer for the Training and Enrichment Team, she implements processes and protocols to ensure the safety of the staff, animals, and public. Kailey has been working in the animal welfare world for almost 7 years and she is very passionate about observing and learning from animal behavior and sharing that knowledge with others. She cares for and provides enrichment for all kinds of creatures, and truly enjoys improving the lives of the very deserving and overpopulated species: our dog and cat companions. Through teaching classes for all and leading playgroups for our shelter dogs, she is grateful to make a positive impact alongside the wonderful team of loving and caring humans at CARE STL. Kailey is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed and a graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry from Missouri State University, Springfield, MO. During her spare time Kailey likes to go hiking, kayaking, and camping together with her three lovable furry kids, Zoey, Benji, and Remy. When at home she enjoys cat enrichment with her very own Keke and Cleopatra.
Dr. Abbie Knudsen Attenberry,
MS, CAWA, Elite FFCP
CARE STL Executive Director
Abbie Knudsen is the President and co-founder of the Missouri Coalition of Animal Care Organizations and Midwest Animal Sheltering Conference. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri, with special interests in access to care, shelter medicine, and behavior. After attaining her degree, she co-founded Pet Wellness Alliance, a nonprofit veterinary services organization dedicated to helping all families access the veterinary care they desire for their pets. Abbie has been recognized for her dedication to animal welfare as the winner of the MVMA’s Volunteerism Award, SAVMA’s Commitment to Animal Welfare and Human-Animal Bond Award, and HSVMA’s Compassionate Care Scholarship. She is also proud to be Elite Fear Free and Cat-Friendly Veterinarian certified.
Abbie is a passionate Missourian and has focused her career on making Missouri the best state to be a pet. Abbie stays engaged in animal welfare by consulting with shelters and volunteering for national organizations, such as Best Friends Animal Society and the Humane Society of the United States. Before attending veterinary school, Abbie served as the Executive Director of National Tiger Sanctuary. In this role, she focused on elevating the standard of care for the animals and implementing new educational initiatives and a wildlife rehabilitation program. She also served on the founding committees for the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance, which was the first collaborative effort between animal sanctuaries to end the exploitation of big cats in the US.
Outside of animal welfare, Abbie enjoys bird-watching and spending time with those she loves, including her family, her partner Josiah, and their countless animals.
Emily is the Vet Clinic Manager at CARE STL She has been with several non-profits prior to joining our team. She is very experienced in working with severe cases in a fast-paced trauma vet clinic. Emily handles all foster medical concerns and the clinic emergency phone. She ensures all our animals get the proper medical care by coordinating with our vets and outside the emergency clinic. You can always reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.