Economic Impacts of a No-Kill Philosophy for Municipal Animal Services

Pets have played an increasingly large role in our lives over the years, with pet ownership doubling since the 1970’s and more and more people adding pets to their households and families. The community expects animal shelters to save pet’s lives, but what are the costs of no-kill animal services and what are the benefits? What exactly is no-kill animal sheltering, and what isn't it? 

These questions and more will be answered by experts Tawny Hammond and Ledy VanKavage of the Best Friends Animal Society in this webinar on the economic impacts of no-kill animal control policies for local governments. This program will cover:

  • The background behind the no-kill philosophy
  • How municipalities of any size can commit to and sustain a no-kill philosophy
  • Examples of free and low-cost policies and programs your community can use to get started
  • A review of the case study detailing how the establishment of no-kill policies in Austin resulted in millions of dollars coming back into the community

Tawny Hammond

National Director of Leadership Advancement

The National Director for Leadership Advancement for Best Friends Animal Society, Tawny Hammond has more than 30 years of experience in the public service arena, creating and implementing programs and services for people and their pets, working effectively with appointed and elected officials, creating and leading teams focused on professional excellence and lifesaving best practices.

Tawny currently leads Best Friends’ leadership advancement initiatives with a focus on strengthening existing leader’s skill sets for the goal of ending the killing of shelter pets in their communities. An additional focus will be developing programs to assist seasoned leadership from other fields and disciplines interested in making the transition into animal welfare and services leadership.

For the majority of Tawny’s career, she has facilitated leadership programs for professionals and community organizations, as well as focusing on the building of dynamic teams, professional development and succession planning.

Tawny has a proven track record of success, serving for more than 25 years in municipal government in Fairfax County, Virginia. She brought the Fairfax County Animal Shelter to a 90 percent live release rate in less than two years by removing breed restrictions, growing a robust volunteer program, establishing a cutting-edge foster program for the dogs losing their lives, strengthening community cat programs and establishing the animal shelter as a community center for residents of Fairfax.

Tawny is also the former chief of animal services for the city of Austin, Texas. Under Tawny’s leadership, Austin and Travis County, Texas, reached a new milestone in 2017, achieving live outcomes for 98 percent of the more than 17,000 animals who came through the doors.

Tawny is devoted to ending the killing of pets in shelters and believes that how we treat pets and their people is connected to social justice, community wellness and our compassion as a society.

Ledy VanKavage

Senior Legislative Attorney

Ledy VanKavage is the Senior Legislative Attorney for Best Friends Animal Society located in Kanab, Utah and a member of the ISBA’s animal law section. Before coming to Best Friends Ledy was the Senior Director of Legislation and Legal Training for the ASPCA. She has spearheaded the passage of over 40 humane state bills during her lobbying tenure and is also a past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee.  Ledy is the recipient of the ABA’s Excellence in Animal Law award for 2014. She is a co-author of the USDOJ publication, “The Problem of Dog Related Incidents and Encounters” and is an instructor for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. She has been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, the Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine and the New York Times. 


06/20/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
06/20/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available