About Us

Supporting animal welfare orgs since 1981

Our Long History of Serving The Animal Welfare Community

The mission of Institute of Nonprofit Excellence (INPEx) is to help nonprofit animal shelters and rescue groups save money by sourcing manufacturer and distributor discounts on products needed to heal, protect, and adopt out healthy pets.

Shelters United is the latest way INPEx is bringing our mission to life.

We’re a dedicated team of animal shelter experts that have been supporting animal welfare organizations like yours since 1981. You might be familiar with some of the programs we’ve taken nationwide, such as award-winning Zoetis For Shelters, Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue, and Homeless Homer Adoption Kits.

A Message from Mal Schwartz​

Founder, Shelters United
President, Institute for Nonprofit Excellence (INPEx)

In 1978 I was assigned the responsibility for changing the very negative dynamic between pet food manufacturers and animal welfare organizations and attended my first shelter conference. Little did I know that I would meet some of the best people on earth and have so much fun! I looked forward to every HSUS, AH, or SAWA conference because I had become such good friends with some of the great people who have evolved shelter management to a new level of effectiveness and credibility.

Playing an active role in growing the professionalism of SAWA, I used the INPEx comprehensive database of shelters and rescues to help create the first SAWA Resource Directory. This helped make the fact-based case for the enormous influence that shelters and rescues have on the pet parenting population.

Some programs that I have been instrumental in providing to animal welfare include Homeless Homer® Adoption Kits, PETelethonsTM, Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue, Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love, Revolution donation program, and Zoetis for Shelters.

Pets are an indispensable part of my life. When my late wife passed away after 33 years together, I truly believe that Bernie, a lab/border collie mix I adopted from the ASPCA in NYC, saved my sanity. I was chair of the Delta Society (Pet Partners) and taking Bernie through the training and volunteering as a therapy team at the New York-Presbyterian Children’s Hospital gave me a purpose and an anchor to hang on to.

My wife Laura and I live in Carmel CA with good old Bernie, Zephyr a 12-pound Persian, and Thor a 134-pound Great Pyrenees/Collie mix we adopted from the Monterey  SPCA when he was only 75 pounds (who knew?).

The mission of INPEx has always been to help nonprofit animal shelters and rescue groups save money by sourcing manufacturer and distributor discounts on products needed to heal, protect, and adopt out healthy pets. Now with great partners like MWI Animal Health, Virbac and Virox Rescue, we are launching the latest platform to help bring our mission to life.

I look forward to continuing working to support you! If we have met, I hope you will send me a note and remind me of when and where we had the pleasure to connect!!

For the animals,


Meet the Team Advancing the Animal Welfare Cause

Ed Hadded

Shelter Partnership Lead

With more than thirty years of experience in sales and marketing in the animal products services industry, I know all the ins and outs of “how things work.”

I’m so happy to be able to put all my industry knowledge and experience to work FOR YOU, the animal welfare professionals and volunteers across the country passionately dedicated to serving the most vulnerable animals.

Think of me as your agent. I’m going to bat for you to get you the absolute best possible deals on exactly what you want and need. Since I’m negotiating for you as a large group, I’m able to hit it out of the park every

Go “Team Shelters United!”

It’s so fulfilling to wake up every day knowing that I’m harnessing technology to make it possible for animal shelters to love and care for thousands more animals!

Technology makes it possible for Shelter’s United to bring the animal welfare community toge ther to achieve great negotiating power. I love
being able to give hard working shelter professionals and volunteers the
peace of mind and the confidence to know they are stretching their budget
as far as it can go.

I also love that we can easily collect and share tips, success stories, and best practices amongst our community.

Together, we can do so much!

Tali Schwartz

Digital Transformation Lead

Mary Beth Hewitt

Shelter Savings Guru

Helping YOU, the people that help animals on the front lines every day, has been my passion and calling for the last 20 years. Thank you for all you do!

I’ve personally helped over 12,000 hard working shelter professionals serve thousands more animals by teaching them about high quality
budget stretching programs like Zoetis for Shelters, Purina Rally to Rescue, and more. I’m so excited about what Shelters United is able to do for you!

Nothing makes me happier than knowing my work directly results in more animals getting the care they need while they await loving forever homes.
It would be my pleasure to support you as well!

Andrew (“Andy”) K. Skibitsky has nearly forty years in the animal health industry.  He retired from Merck Animal Health after over 33 years in such posts as sales management, sales operations. marketing, and learning & development. Andy served 15 years as an elected official in Westfield NJ including more than 12 years as mayor – longest serving mayor in Westfield’s history- and in 2015 he was inducted into the New Jersey Mayors Hall of Fame.  He is a recipient The Reverend Leon E. Randall Award for Outstanding Service in Community Outreach, Evangelism and Social Development and he currently serves on the CASA of Union County NJ  Board of Trustees.   Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County recruits, trains, supervises and supports community volunteers to advocate for abused, neglected, and abandoned children placed in foster homes or residential facilities.

He is a graduate of Rider College with a Bachelor of Science, he and his wife Debbie reside in Westfield where they raised their four children.

Andy Skibitsky

Andrew K. Skibitsky

Director, Membership Services

Julie Bank

Julie Bank

Shelter Consultant

Julie is super excited to be joining the Shelters United team as she believes in supporting organizations with their mission by strengthening their administrative and financial health. Julie Bank is the principal of JBankConsulting where she works with non-profit and government clients on operations, programming, and administration.  She has worked for over 30 years in private non-profit animal welfare and governmental animal controls leading organizations in New York, Arizona, Oklahoma, and California.  Julie specializes in organizational change within animal welfare and programs that support the human-animal bond. She has worked nationally and internationally on shelter and education programs and has visited hundreds of shelters to assist with organizational needs. Julie has a BS Degree in Management and Finance and an MIS Degree in Contemporary Animal Welfare and Non-Profit management.  She shares her home with her partner, their 13-year-old son, her two dogs Malee and Bobbie, her two cats, Cleo and Curley, and the queen of the house, her bearded dragon, Sprite.

Danielle is a registered veterinary technician for 24 years.  She spent most of her tech career in emergency/critical care and specialty surgery.  She also worked as a sales rep in the veterinary industry for a total of about 18 years working for Midmark and covered the seven states of the west.

She worked for SECUROS, a division of MWI, as a territory manager for Antech Diagnostics. Also as a trainer for the Hills to Home platform and as an inventory manager for a very large specialty practice here in Las Vegas. Now she is a Member Consultant for Shelters United.

She is a mother to two teenage boys, one rescue dog and two ornery cats!

Danielle Loughton

Danielle Loughton, RVT

Member Consultant

Kayla Montague

Kayla Montague

Member Consultant

Kayla is a Rutgers University- New Brunswick graduate with a BA in the Arts and Sciences. She has been in the sales background for the past 6 years with experience with comedy club management, social media administration and real estate contracting. 


Working with animals has always been a passion of her’s since she was a child. She worked before within animal placement in her previous role and was able to get over 500 animals to their homes safely and assist new parents of next steps with their new companions. 


She is new to the Philadelphia area and loves taking her beagle, Deak, and guinea pigs Graham and Barry out for walks to explore the city.

Megan has several years’ experience in customer relations and sales.   She has an Associates in Crime Scene Technology from St. Petersburg University.  Megan has one Painted horse- Scarlett (26 years old), one rescue cat- Zero (2) and a 21” Bearded Dragon- Mr. Langdon Lizard (7). 


Megan is a Florida native and enjoys visiting Florida’s theme parks and especially their roller coasters.  She also enjoys reading and watching Net Flix in her spare time.

Megan Knisley

Megan Knisley

Member Consultant

Scotti Bryant

Scotti Bryant

Member Consultant

Scotti has had a passion for all animals since she was a little girl, after graduating college she moved back to South Carolina to start a career in veterinary medicine in the hospital setting where she gained most of her knowledge. Later on, she started working with her local humane society which drove her to help more local shelters/rescues save money by switching to her rescue discounted hospital.


Scotti just build a new home that she shares with her golden retriever Moe and her 4 rescued cats!

I have over ten years of experience as a Sales Executive in the animal health industry, working with both manufacturers and distributors. My passion has always been animals, mainly dogs that are deemed “unadoptable”.  It is so rewarding to see the progress a scared and lonely dog can make with some love and attention.  My family consists of Edwin, a Great Pyrenees/German Shepherd mix and Ali, a border collie mix.  I am so grateful for all the wonderful animal welfare organizations and the amazing work they do every single day.  I’m blessed to be part of Shelters United and helping them!

Ami Petnkowski

Amy Pentowski

Member Consultant

Isha Kipp-Cook

Isha Kipp-Cook

Member Consultant

Located in Surf City USA Hunting Beach Ca. You can always find me outside with my dog, Porter. I love roller skating, photography, fostering animals and working within Animal Welfare to help create positive change.

Phoebe & Bernie are two of the Shelters United founding members. We take their advice and their belly rubs very seriously.

They each also proudly serve on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Nonprofit Excellence (INPEX).

Phoebe & Bernie

Founding Members & Mascots

“Bark bark BARK!

How much will your organization save?

Share 5 products you normally buy and we’ll see if you can get it cheaper with our pricing and discounts! If the savings make sense, we’ll talk about how easy it is to join and start saving.

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