Kern County names new Animal Control director

Kern County names new Animal Control director »Play Video

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A transplant from Los Angeles will take over as head of Kern County Animal Control.

Jen Woodard, chief of the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic in Los Angeles, was appointed by Kern County supervisors Tuesday as Animal Control director. She starts Oct. 1.

Woodard established and rapidly expanded the no-kill facility in Los Angeles. Her agency saved more than 400 dogs and cats from euthanasia and performed more than 800 spay or neuter surgeries from January through June of this year. She was Best Friends programs manager for two years before becoming chief of the adoption center.

Woodard launched the Rancho Cucamonga Department of Animal Care in 2006, and she supervised the Harford County, Maryland Humane Society animal shelter from 2003-06, according to a Kern County news release.

County Supervisors Chairman Zack Scrivner praised Woodard's ability to "enlist broad community support while swiftly organizing and managing full-scale animal adoption and clinic operations."

"We are very pleased to welcome Jen Woodard to Kern County," Scrivner said in the news release. "Ms. Woodard has an outstanding record of achieving the same goals that our Board wants to attain: saving animals and educating people. We know she will bring our animal control program to the next level."

Woodard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Cornell University, a Master of Science in wildlife ecology from State University of New York at Syracuse, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.