Brenda Barnette

Former General Manager, LA Animal Services

Brenda F. Barnette served as general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services from August 2010 until May 2021. Los Angeles Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the U.S., with six shelters serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls each year involving animals or people in danger.

Brenda earned the reputation as a positive change manager with over thirty years of success developing financial and human resources to meet and exceed the needs of programs and services. In Los Angeles she developed a unique public private partnership with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary that saved Los Angeles well over $60 million dollars over ten years while saving the lives of thousands of companion animals. Together and with the help of animal loving Angelinos, Los Angeles City is on track to meet the life saving mission to re-home all animals entering our LA Animal Services Centers with a 90% live save rate (noses in and noses out). 

We believe this is possible. We started in 2010-11 with a 57% live save rate and by end of year 2020 we are at 90.49% live save rate.

Although retired, Brenda will continue to serve on the HASS Sustainability Committee and on the Best Friends National Steering Committee.  She is available for consulting, and short-term projects including interim Director while assisting with national recruitment to fill leadership positions with outstanding candidates.