After college, Jennifer volunteered for the Washington Humane Society walking dogs and quickly realised that there was a whole different field of animal welfare careers she could explore. Jennifer later moved into the Humane Law Enforcement Department to investigate animal cruelty cases and work with pet owners to improve their relationship with their pets. Working with the court system, crossing paths with other agencies whose cases intersected with animal owners, and interacting with a variety of people who shared their lives with animals, she knew she was in the right field.
Since then, Jennifer has gathered experience along the way through deployments to disasters, like the eruption of two volcanoes in Indonesia, an earthquake in Nepal, and hurricane responses throughout North America. She has worked alongside animal rescue organisations, governments and the military, and has seen the lengths people go through to protect animals in the wake of disasters. Jennifer has been moved to return to areas, long after the disaster is over, to work with those communities by sharing ideas and creating plans to reduce the negative impacts disasters have on animals and the people who care for them.
Senior Humane Law Enforcement Officer, Washington Humane Society United States
B.A. Enviromental Policy, American University Washington, D.C., USA
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