The director of Oakland Animal Services is resigning after three years in the role.
Rebecca Katz's departure comes after the exit of the shelter's only veterinarian, Dr. Jen Dalmasso, last week.
Katz submitted a letter of resignation to the city in March. In an email to volunteers last week she states, “I simply cannot continue to work at an agency that does not get the resources and support from the City needed to fulfill its mission.” Her resignation is effective June 15.
Katz and shelter volunteers say a lack of staffing is a major concern, with some budgeted positions remaining vacant for over two years.
As a city shelter, OAS is obliged to take every animal that comes in.