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Posted on: November 12, 2021

Bryce Caulk Named Director of Animal Services

photo Bryce Caulk with dog Bertha

(Manhattan, KS – November 12, 2021) – Bryce Caulk has been named the Director of Animal Services for the City of Manhattan. Director of Parks and Recreation, Edward Eastes, made the announcement today. Bryce started work in October and has spent the last few weeks settling into the role.

As Director of the Animal Services Division, Caulk is responsible for the operations of the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter as well as the City’s Animal Control Division. The Director of Animal Services ensures the organization’s objectives to protect public health, welfare, and property are achieved through provision of public education on the care of companion animals. The Director promotes humane treatment and responsible pet ownership at the highest professional standards by directing, supervising, and planning with staff, other City departments, and the public. The Director also ensures the enforcement of City ordinances and proper sheltering of unwanted companion animals. 

In addition to his role as an operations manager and supervisor of the shelter, Caulk will act as spokesperson for the Animal Services Division and liaison to the public, its volunteers, and animal welfare and community groups.

“We’re very excited to have Bryce on board,” said Edward Eastes, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Manhattan. “His many years of experience working in animal welfare will be a tremendous asset for the organization.  In addition, Bryce already has an established working relationship with Kansas State University, which is vital as they provide important veterinary medical support for the Animal Shelter. We look forward to his guidance and direction as we work to provide services for the community.” 

Before joining the City, Bryce Caulk worked in animal welfare for 16 years. Most recently, he served as the Director of the Beatrice Humane Society in Nebraska. 

“As an animal lover, I’ve spent my whole life saving animals. Bertha was my heart dog and first rescue when I was 15,” said Bryce Caulk, Director of Animal Services. “Bertha has since crossed over the rainbow bridge, but her legacy lives on in my passion to ensure every animal gets the best leash on life.”

Born in Topeka, Kansas, Bryce is a lifelong Wildcat fan and embraces the EMAW lifestyle. He and his wife share their home with four dogs, two cats and reptiles. 

“I am excited to continue this lifesaving work here in Manhattan,” said Caulk.

The mission of the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter is to give sanctuary to animals, encourage adoptions, and promote responsible pet ownership. The organization serves the citizens and animals of the Manhattan community by upholding the laws enacted for their protection. 

Animal Control Officers are dispatched by the Riley County Police Department. To report a problem or request assistance with an Animal Control issue, call the Riley County Police Department at (785) 537-2112. To report an emergency, dial 911.

The T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter is open to the public six days a week, Monday through Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The shelter is closed to the public on Sundays and holidays. Please call 785-587-2783 to schedule an appointment to surrender animals. Find information about animals available for adoption, a wish list for donation items, and volunteer opportunities online at Follow the shelter on Facebook at /TRRAnimalShelter, on Twitter at @AnimalTRR, and on Instagram at trranimalshelter. 

T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter
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