Los Angeles Manager, Pets for Life
Inspired by twin passions for animals and the environment, Alana Yañez became the manager of The HSUS's Pets for Life program in Los Angeles in January 2012.
While studying at University of California at Santa Cruz, she worked as a veterinary technician at both the Santa Cruz SPCA and a private veterinary hospital.
After graduating from UCSC with a degree in biology, Yañezrelocated to southern California. There she quickly became involved in a grassroots campaign to stop a poorly planned development that would have destroyed Elephant Hill, the largest remaining open space in northeast Los Angeles.
Yañez's success in mobilizing local residents to save Elephant Hill and its resident wildlife led her to the staff of California State Senator Kevin de Leon. She was de Leon's Field Deputy of Environment and Health for 5 years.
Yañez is the proud parent of 10-year-old yellow Labrador retreiver Max, 5 1/2-month-old beagle/chihuahua mix Dottie, and two 12-year-old cats, Jimmy and Cha-Cha.
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