Hillsborough County Director of Animal Services on "Talking Animals"
My guest on "Talking Animals" May 15 will be Ian Hallett, Director of Hillsborough County Animal Services.
Hallett has held that position for just under a year, arriving from Austin, where he worked in a comparable capacityâ€”deputy chief animal services for the city of Austin and Travis County--and is credited with bringing that community from a save rate of 45% to 90% within the first year of going No Kill in 2010.
A native of Riverview, Hallett returned to Hillsborough County amidst emotionally-charged controversies swirling around the countyâ€™s euthanasia percentage and the consideration of implementing a No Kill policy, questions about how to deal with feral cats and the corresponding questions about the Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) policy, and more.
To address these and other issues, Hallett recently prepared and presented to Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners his so-called â€œBe The Way Homeâ€ planâ€”an ambitious gambit that includes 60 initiatives intended to reduce the Countyâ€™s euthanasia rate, including a pilot feral cat program. The plan was approved in a 6-1 vote on May 8.
Hallett will join me in studio on May 5 on â€œTalking Animalsâ€ to discuss the â€œBe The Way Homeâ€ plan and related matters, his observations after nearly a year on the job in Hillsborough County, and more.
Listeners are invited to participate in the conversation by calling (813-239-9663) or e-mailing (DJ@wmnf.org).