An intense debate is taking place in Hillsborough County about how to reduce the killing of animals at Animal Services. A Task Force has been assigned to research best practices, but not all members of this committee support No-Kill as practiced in over 200 community shelters across the nation.
Come hear different views on the feral cat issue. Some experts and members of our community suggest rounding up feral cats and killing them or warehousing them outdoors, while other experts and many animal advocates recommend Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNR).
If time permits, you may be able to speak for three minutes at the end of the meeting. Those who oppose TNR always attend these meetings and speak. Will you be there to speak for the voiceless? If you can’t attend, please watch the meeting on Hillsborough County TV.
Here’s the info:
Hillsborough County, Florida
Animal Services Task Force Workshop
December 12, 2012
Conference room A and B
601 East Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, Florida
I. Housekeeping items and Session Ground Rules
II. Minutes and Feedback from Session Four
III. SME (Subject Matter Expert) Forum (Panelists) and Task Force Q&A
a. Dr. Carina Blackmore, DVM, DACVPM (via phone)
State of Florida Public Health Veterinarian
State Environmental Epidemiologist
b. Dr. Julie Levy, Director, DVM, DACVIM
Maddie’s Shelter Medicine
University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine
c. Mr. Donald Thompson, Executive Director
Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation
d. Ms. Sherry Silk, Executive Director
Humane Society of Tampa Bay
IV. Public Comments
V. Next Steps and Updates
a. January 9, 2013 Strategy Session for recommendations
Note: Public Comments will be held at the discretion of the Task Force based on available time remaining in the session.