Hillsborough County Director of Animal Services on "Talking Animals"

Talking Animals May 15 2013 9:00AM - 10:00AM Add to Calendar

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 capacity—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 county’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 “Be The Way Home” plan—an ambitious gambit that includes 60 initiatives intended to reduce the County’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 “Talking Animals” to discuss the “Be The Way Home” 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).






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I agree with Mr. Hallet's efforts and regard him highly for his ideas to increase the save rate of animals. As a community it is our responsibility to take care of each other. The trap-neuter-release program seems like a win-win for strays and the community.