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Jeanette Hayhurst

Familiar face to take over Humane Society

Jeanette Hayhurst starts job Tuesday

BARSTOW • Two months after announcing her retirement as Barstow’s community service director, Jeanette Hayhurst has agreed to become the local animal shelter’s new executive director.

Hayhurst, who was on the shelter’s board of directors 15 years ago, begins her job at the Barstow Humane Society Tuesday and will spend much of the month as a refreshing herself on the facility’s operation. Her position for the first few weeks will be a voluntary position until her contract with the board is agreed upon. She will be the shelter’s first executive director since Carolyn Atsye retired.

“I have always had an affinity for the Humane Society,” she said. “My first job was working at a pet store, and I’ve worked at a couple of different pet stores. I have a knowledge of the whole animal industry.”

Hayhurst has a zoology degree from Cal Poly Pomona with a minor in agriculture. In addition to working at pet stores, she worked for a drive-through zoo in Irvine known as Lion Country Safari and assisted in tagging bighorn sheep in the San Gabriel Mountains.

When she begins her job at the Humane Society, Hayhurst said she will pursue extra sources of funding and make upgrades to the shelter itself. She will also work on conducting more community outreach, expanding the shelter’s volunteer opportunities and educational programs, either through a mentoring or internship program. She would also like to start an obedience class that is run out of the shelter.

Since Hayhurst has experience both with the city and the Humane Society, she will be a good liaison between the two entities, said Arlene Harris, president of the shelter’s board of directors.

“Jeanette’s good at writing grants,” she said. “I’m sure (she’ll) do a real good job.”

As the city’s community services director, Hayhurst helped recruit Stephen Fries, who works at the Moreno Valley animal shelter, to evaluate the Barstow Humane Society’s operation and recommend changes. Since Fries began his work with the Humane Society in February, he’s been working to develop a standard operating procedure manual and a dress code policy, both of which will be submitted to the city.

Hayhurst retired from the city July 1.

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