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Exit Interview: Animal Services Chief Tawny Hammond
Hammond championed no-kill shelter policy in Austin
News Story  May 25, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...Last month, after a brief, two-year tenure, Tawny Hammond announced that she would leave her position as the city's Animal Services Chief to take a job as Midwest regional director for the Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit group that works to spread the no-kill movement across the United States. The decision came at a time when already, many titles in the city begin with "interim."..."

Five Years of No-Kill in Austin
What has the city learned about animal welfare, and how far does it have to go?
News Story  December 22, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"..."We don't do what we do to achieve the numbers," said Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond. "We make the right decisions for the right reasons, and when you do that the numbers are there when it comes to achieving a live outcome of whatever percentage your goal is."..."

Despite Understaffing, Austin Leads in No-Kill
98% of shelter animals found a home in March
News Story  May 18, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Even local animals have been affected by Austin's rapid growth. Tawny Hammond, whose last day as the city's Chief Animal Services Officer came Sunday, told County Commissioners on Tuesday, May 16, that the number of calls her office gets has escalated with population growth, so response time continues to rise..."

Austin Animal Center Strains to Maintain Its No-Kill Status
City shelter struggles with overcrowding and volunteer dissatisfaction
News Story  February 7, 2019, by Nina Hernandez
"...Tawny Hammond, the last permanent director of the city's Animal Services Office, had talked at length about making Austin a longtime home. Instead, she departed a scant two years into her tenure, leaving in May 2017 for a job with the Best Friends Animal Society, a Utah-based national rescue group..."

Pit's End
Dog owners face an unwelcoming housing market
News Story  May 5, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"...The effort to ban certain breeds is born out of a legitimate fear, but Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond disagrees with the instinct. "There's no connectivity, there's no scientific proof that there's any connection between what an animal looks like and how it's going to behave," she says...."

Public Notice: Dog Week of Summer
News Column  July 16, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...And on the support side: Austin's Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond this week announced the hiring of Kristen Auerbach to be the new deputy chief Animal Services Officer. Auerbach was Hammond's assistant director at the Fairfax County (Va.) Animal Shelter, and has been its interim director since Hammond came here in June...."

Typical Response
Postmarks  May 10, 2016
"...Insurance companies maintain lists of problem breeds – pit bulls are on every such list. It appears that Austin Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond is wrong when she emotes that “there is no scientific proof that there’s any connection between what an animal looks like and how it’s going to behave.” What about decades of consistent statistics, Tawny? As for many Austin apartments not allowing pit bulls, good for them! I’ll bet many of the other tenants approve..."

Fear & Loathing
Travis County says goodbye to a coyote-killing machine
News Story  December 21, 2017, by Lindsay Stafford Mader
"...The city hired Tawny Hammond as its director of the Animal Services Office in the summer of 2015. She looked closely at the TWS arrangement and did not like that the agency was using traps and firearms without official permits and was unwilling to share important information..."

News Story  April 13, 2017
"...Elsewhere in Exits: Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond announced her resignation Wednesday, effective May 14. Hammond has overseen the ASO since June 2015...."

Council: Save the Coyotes!
A morning on wild, wild life, an afternoon on workers’ rights
DAILY News  October 10, 2016, by Michael King
"...It was largely a contingency contract to involve TWS in case of a “public safety” problem involving a coyote. One wrinkle was that AS Department head Tawny Hammond wanted to replace a previous, clumsier arrangement through which Travis County acted as an intermediary with TWS...."

Potential Neuter to Austin’s No-Kill?
The rules dictating when city animal shelters should spay or neuter lost pets may be changing, and may have an effect on the future of no-kill shelters
News Story  November 17, 2016, by Nina Hernandez
"...City code currently gives the Animal Services director the power to spay/neuter on the second impoundment without the owner's consent, but some, including a group called Spay/Neuter Advocates for Austin and City Council Member Ora Houston, want to change that rule to mandatory spay/neuter after first impound. Animal Services Chief Tawny Hammond warned Council in a Nov..."

Public Notice: Amnesty Now!
Council expected to tackle the issue of small-lot amnesty
News Column  February 11, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...The average length of stay for medium and large dogs is currently about 45 days. "At any given time," said Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond, AAC has "about 15 to 20 of ....."

Halloween Storm Update
Closures everywhere and tornado warnings
DAILY News  October 30, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...Update: 12:15pm Chief Animal Services Officer Tawny Hammond sent out a message via Facebook that the Dittmar shelter will be taking pets. City of Austin..."

Public Notice: Remember Memorial Day
What floods around, comes around
News Column  May 28, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...They're still in precarious shape though; see info at So, a great big wet welcome to new Chief Animal Ser­vices Officer Tawny Hammond, previously the director of the Animal Shelter in Fairfax County, Virginia...."

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