Executive Team

Sylvia Nagy, DVM, Veterinary Medical Director

Dr. Sylvia Nagy came to the Palm Springs Animal Shelter from Sonoma Humane Society Public Hospital, where she served as the hospital’s medical director. Prior to that, Dr. Nagy was a senior veterinarian at North Shore Animal League in New York. There she performed an array of clinic services – from routine procedures to emergencies – conducted shelter exams, soft tissue surgeries, and performed canine and feline dentals, including full mouth extractions. She also performed high volume spay-neuter and provided oversight to a large animal nursery. Dr. Nagy is passionate and progressive about shelter medicine. Her professional interests include advances within shelter standards, keeping animals in homes, decreasing illness and stress, and providing mentorship to medical team members and veterinarians in training. She received her veterinary degree from Ross University and performed her clinical year at Tufts University. She brings passion, experience and solid skills to the position.




Gabrielle Amster, Executive Director

Gabrielle Amster brings 20 years of non-profit management and fourteen years of animal welfare experience to her position at the Palm Springs Animals Shelter. Prior to PSAS, Gabrielle served in leadership positions at the Sante Fe Animal Shelter, the ASPCA New York, NY, and Animal Trustees of Austin in Texas. Gabrielle holds a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from the University of New Mexico.

Gabrielle’s passion and commitment to the PSAS mission, combined with her knowledge of animal welfare and advocacy, marketing, and fundraising will fuel her goals of building sustainability and growth, expanding lifesaving programs and introducing innovative approaches to lead the way to a no kill Coachella Valley.

Gabrielle lives in Cathedral City with three rescued dogs.