About Gina Garey

Maine State Director

Maine State Director

Gina is a former financial services professional who served as Vice President of Wealth Management for two New York based firms, specializing in strategic wealth management, marketing, public speaking and presentation development, estate planning and planned giving for high net worth clients. She was recognized as a top producer with MetLife Securities in her home state, and served as Field Advisor to the Board of Directors, MetLife NY, N.Y.

In navigating a career change, Gina incorporated her life-long love for animals into a professional path in animal behavior, obtaining an MS in Applied Animal Behavior Analysis and Counseling. She is the founder and principle of Animal Behavior & Healing, where she is qualified to treats dogs, horses and birds. She collaborates with veterinary clinics, supporting animals and their owners in the successful navigation of difficult behavior issues for animals often rescued from abandonment, abuse and neglect.

Gina has supported and served in a multitude of animal welfare causes, including on the Board of Directors at the Animal Refuge League, Portland, Maine, Maine Friends of Animals as Director of the MFOA Pet Club Humane Education initiative and as a volunteer with the Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting Campaign. She served as a state council member for the Humane Society of the United States for five years, successfully initiating two ordinances in the City of Portland, banning the retail sale of puppy mill dogs and cats in 2106 and in 2017, banning exotic performing animals in circuses and traveling or roadside shows.

Raised on the coast of Massachusetts, Gina spent her early years at the local horse farm caring daily for the animals, where she learned to ride. She went on to care for her own horses, competing locally. From early experience with her own animals, to a life long passion for advocacy promoting animal welfare causes, she has a personal investment in the improvement of all animals’ lives. She has supported a non -meat lifestyle since the age of 17.