Santa Barbara County Animal Services Announces New Director
Source: Santa Barbara County Public Health Department
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is pleased to announce that Tara Diller has been hired as the Animal Services Director for the County of Santa Barbara. Diller has over 17 years of experience in the animal welfare industry and has worked successfully on innovative, lifesaving programs that have received local and national recognition.
Most recently, Diller served as the Director of Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS), a division of the County of Ventura, operating two animal shelters housing nearly 450 animals at any given time. For 5 years, Diller led the VCAS team in creating processes that increased the animal save rate in shelters from 79% to 93.3% with sustained results. She worked collaboratively with staff, volunteers, and stakeholders on strategies to reduce euthanasia, including rehabilitation, training, and fostering for animals. Diller successfully implemented a new user-friendly app and website that allowed for greater community engagement and enhanced lost and found services. During her time as VCAS, Diller successfully reduced the number of days animals spent in shelters with the length of stay going from 21 days on average to 14 days.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tara to our department. She brings animal welfare expertise that will not only support County Animal Services, but will allow for innovative approaches to be developed internally and with our many partners,” shared Van Do-Reynoso, Director of the Public Health Department.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be chosen as the next Director of Animal Services. I am excited to work alongside a passionate and dedicated team of staff, volunteers, community partners, stakeholders, and the community who maintain a strong commitment to elevating the human-animal bond while continuing to ensure Santa Barbara County is a leader in the animal welfare movement,” said Diller.
Diller is set to begin her new role on April 8, 2019.