Jhe city of San Marcos announces the hiring of Christie Banduch as the city’s next Animal Services Manager. Banduch has worked for the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter (SMRAS) as the Animal Shelter Supervisor for the past two years and has served as the Acting Director of Animal Services since April 2021.
“We are thrilled to take on the interim of Christie’s current title and make her our new Animal Services Manager,” said Greg Carr, Director of Neighborhood Improvement. “She will now be able to move forward with her vision for our animal community. She has the skills, motivation and plans to help our animal services move forward.
Banduch has over 22 years of experience in animal welfare. She was inspired to follow her career path at a young age, as her mother worked for the Humane Society of the New Braunfels Area. Banduch took her first job as an animal care technician with the Animal Defense League of San Antonio as a high school student, later becoming a veterinary technician, then working as an animal control officer for the city of Schertz.
While in Schertz, Banduch worked hand in hand with other city departments to meet the needs of animals in the community. She also developed a rescue outreach program to help maintain a high rate of live results for the shelter. Banduch’s experience then led her to the town of Kirby, where she worked to increase funding, improve animal living conditions, and achieve a 96% live outcome rate. Later in his career, Banduch was instrumental in developing a partnership between Bexar County and the Town of Kirby to build a jointly operated shelter.
“I am honored to have been selected and look forward to serving the residents and animals of San Marcos,” Banduch said. “I am excited to work with the community to make our animal services a model for other agencies.”
Banduch has two dogs and a cat, all with special needs, a son in college, and enjoys spending his free time with his family. She will take up her new duties on March 21, 2022.