Lisa Barrett

Director, Carroll County Animal Shelter

Lisa Barrett
Lisa Barrett was thrown into a position with animal control in 2010, from the county parks and recreation department. In 2012, she was asked to be the manager of the Carroll County Animal Shelter. With very little knowledge and experience with shelter management, she jumped in with both feet.

The shelter was a very high-kill shelter, with few animals leaving the shelter alive. Killing beautiful, loving animals was unacceptable to Lisa, so she armed herself with a little knowledge, talked with anyone and everyone with any experience in shelter medicine, and just started shooting in the dark. The shelter ran monthly adoption specials, started some off-site adoption events, started testing and giving vaccinations, and began promoting all the animals on Facebook, Twitter and its own department website.

Adoption numbers were climbing, but too many animals were still being euthanized. Then Lisa and her staff attended the 2015 Best Friends National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. In a session on TNR and community cats, they learned about Target Zero and the help that was available for saving more animals. They have since developed relationships with a lot of different coalitions and started applying for grants to help save lives. Carroll County Animal Shelter progressed from saving only 18% of pets to saving more than 90% of all the animals coming into the shelter. It's the little shelter that could.

Thursday, July 13, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Classic Community Cats: Comprehensive Cat Programs and Partnerships