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Petitioning Director of Public Health, County of Ventura Barry Fisher

Ventura County wants Donna Gillesby for permanent Executive Director of Ventura County Animal Services!


During her time as Interim Executive Director of Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS), Donna Gillesby has proven that she has what it takes to transition our county shelter into a no-kill facility. During her 15 months as interim Executive Director, she has successfully reduced the kill-rate in the VCAS shelter from 38% to 26%. We are confident that she is absolutely the change that VCAS has needed, and we, the citizens of Ventura County, animal advocates and animal lovers CANNOT let her go!

Ms. Gillesby has worked at VCAS for going on 21 years, holding just about every position in the shelter. She began her employment at VCAS in November 1992 in a temporary position as an Animal Control Officer I; temporary she was not. Donna continued to put animals first throughout her career, working under two different directors. Ms. Gillesby has always been able to administer policy in her role, but not able to establish it, and Ms. Gillesby is FOR No-Kill in Ventura County.

Ms. Gillesby is currently being overlooked for the position that she is EXCELLING in, because she has not completed a baccalaureate. We feel that the depth and breadth of Donna's hands-on experience in our own shelter is much more important and valuable than any degree could be to this particular position.

Please join us in trying to transition Ventura County Animal Services to a no-kill facility with Donna Gillesby in the lead - PROVEN CHANGE FOR A NO-KILL VENTURA COUNTY!

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