Midwest Regional Director for Best Friends Animal Society
Tawny Hammond, the Midwest Regional Director for Best Friends Animal Society, and the former Chief of Animal Services for the City of Austin Texas, has over 30 years of experience in the public service arena, creating and implementing programs and services for people and their animals, working effectively with appointed and elected officials, creating and leading teams focused on professional excellence and best practices.
For six years, Austin Animal Services has been a leader for municipal shelters and animal control in the nation, saving more than 90% of the more than 17,000 animals that come through the doors each year. Austin is the largest No Kill community in the nation as well as being one of the safest communities for people and pets.
Tawny has a proven track record of success, serving for more than 25 years in municipal government in Fairfax County, Virginia and bringing the Fairfax County Animal Shelter to No Kill in less than two years. Austin reached a new milestone under her leadership in 2017, achieving live outcomes for 98% of the more than 17,000 animals who came through its doors this past year.
For much of Tawny’s career she facilitated leadership programs for professionals and community organizations as well as focusing on professional development and succession planning.
Tawny’s devoted to ending killing of homeless pets as a form of population control and problem solving and believes that how we treat homeless pets is connected to social justice, community wellness and our compassion as a society.