Working with Your Animal Control Departments: What Administrators Need to Know

Historically, animal control is a challenge for local government administrators. Often landing in the news, these departments are dealing with issues of negative public sentiment, inadequate funding and staffing, and the inability to “keep up with the times” as a new paradigm for the humane treatment of animals has come to be.

City and county administrators—tasked with overseeing many departments and programs—should be fully up-to-date on best practices within each department, particularly one such as animal control where citizen expectations run high.  

With animal control, many communities are choosing to implement no-kill models for sheltering, which can sometimes be in conflict with traditional methods. Advocates for a modernized approach to animal services, however, believe saving the lives of pets is achievable without compromising public safety.

Join us in this webinar where we will discuss the change in the field of animal control and provide administrators with the key questions they should be asking their animal control directors to determine the state of their operations and what can be done to ensure that the services they provide align with the community they serve.

In this webinar, we will answer the following questions:

  • What are the best modern practices?
  • Do you know what your community wants?
  • Is your delivery in-line with your community’s expectations?
  • How do you measure your effectiveness and ability to deliver?
  • Where do you measure up to this standard?

Arlyn Bradshaw

Executive Director, Best Friends Animal Society - Utah

Arlyn Bradshaw serves as the executive director of Best Friends Animal Society–Utah, overseeing the lifesaving programs that are turning Utah into a no-kill state. Together with the No-Kill Utah (NKUT) initiative and its coalition of more than 50 animal welfare organizations, Best Friends–Utah runs its own pet adoption center, kitten nursery, and two spay/neuter clinics. In addition to Arlyn’s work with Best Friends, he is also an elected member of the Salt Lake County Council. Among his top priorities as an elected official is ensuring that Salt Lake County Animal Services — the largest animal services agency in the state — maintains its status as a no-kill shelter. Prior to Best Friends, he worked at the University of Utah as the assistant dean of students. Originally from rural Idaho, Arlyn has been active in Utah politics and the University of Utah community for more than a decade.

Talia Butler

Division Director, Salt Lake County Animal Services

Talia Butler is the Division Director for Salt Lake County Animal Services. She has authored publications and industry guiding literature as an expert in animal welfare. Talia is FEMA R335 certified, animal evacuation and emergency trained, supervisory program certified, DEA licensed, EMT trained and formerly certified, and holds a BS Degree from Weber State University.


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Open to view video. 90 minutes
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available