Dr. Shayda Ahkami is the past Director of Shelter and Veterinary Services for the Palm Springs Animal Shelter (PSAS) in Palm Springs, California. PSAS is proud to be an open admission shelter operating under the “no kill” philosophy, the only one of its kind in the Coachella Valley. Dr. Ahkami has served on the board of directors for the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter since August 2013, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to the PSAS mission of saving lives and donating her skills and expertise in the surgery suite. Dr. Ahkami continues to be a leader in the “no kill” movement by acting as Co-Chair for the No Kill Coachella Valley Coalition.
Dr. Ahkami graduated from St. George University in Grenada, West Indies and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Veterinary Forensics through the University of Florida. Prior to earning her veterinary degree she worked as a wildlife rehabilitator for 11 years at the Fund for Animals Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. During her time caring for wildlife and illegally owned exotic animals, she was first introduced to Paw Project Founder and Director, Dr. Jennifer Conrad, who became a mentor and inspiration. Dr. Ahkami is a strong opponent to declawing as she has seen the mutilation and adverse effects firsthand. Dr. Ahkami continues to pursue her passion by advocating for various animal welfare issues, including acting as the Paw Project Director in Coachella Valley.