Dr. Robyn Jaynes has been selected to lead Maricopa County Animal Care and Control as the new director beginning Monday, Aug. 10.
Ms. Jaynes , an experienced veterinary professional and animal welfare advocate, has a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University and is certified in low stress handling techniques.
She also holds a graduate certificate in shelter medicine from the University of Florida, according to a press release.
“I’ve dedicated my entire career to improving the welfare of animals in shelters, boarding facilities, pet grooming salons and day play facilities,” she said in a prepared statement. “Now, I’m excited to use my education and experience to improve processes and ensure high-quality care and successful adoptions at one of the country’s most dynamic public animal shelters.”
Recently, Ms. Jaynes served as vice president of operations for The Pet Club/Exceptional Pets, overseeing daily operations for five retail and pet service centers in Maricopa County.
She also was vice president of veterinary operations for the Arizona Humane Society before that role. Before that, she held leadership roles with the retailer PetSmart, the release stated.
“County leadership is confident that Dr. Jaynes can build on the successes our shelters have had in finding good outcomes for homeless pets while also adding consistent business, training, and communication practices that build trust among staff and our community,” county Manager Joy Rich said in a prepared statement.
For the last 10 years, Ms. Jaynes has served on the investigative committee of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Examining Board, reviewing and following up on complaints against licensed veterinarians.
After being appointed by the governor, she even served a four-year term on the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board, which is responsible for protecting the health, safety and welfare of the general public and their animals by enforcing the set standards for veterinarians.
Ms. Jaynes will add her experience to the department that manages the more than 27,000 dogs and cats that come through its shelter system each year, the release stated. MCACC has made measurable progress in the mission to save lives, it stated.
With a decline in the number of animals housed in county shelters due to COVID-19 mitigation, MCACC has been able to adopt out or relocate a higher percentage of shelter pets with a save rate of 94% or higher since 2017, the release stated.
The department also has focused on providing more support services to help pet owners keep their pets in their homes instead of surrendering them due to hardships.