Guy Bilyeu Is Best Choice To Lead McKamey - And Response

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Guy Bilyeu should be the logical choice to lead the McKamey animal facility after the miracles he worked at Humane Society - and McKamey's mistakes which are hurting not helping animals.

We have a qualified, nationally known, proven candidate right here and city officials/ACT board members will not consider him because there are powerful individuals in city politics that will not realize they need to change opinions about HES and admit they underestimated Guy Bilyeu's talents and abilities. Admit the truth.

Five years ago I, too, was suspicious. I did not believe anyone could turn the HES horror around, but Guy Bilyeu has more than proven he loves animals, can run a shelter well (even with his budget halved), raise necessary funding, while maintaining a positive image and placing the lives of animals as top priority.

Guy Bilyeu at HES and Eileen Price leading Wally's friend Spay/Neuter Clinic have done more good for animals in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, and surrounding counties of Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama than all of us put together in the last five years. We are just lucky they decided to take on Chattanooga’s challenges and have proven themselves both competent and compassionate individuals.

Pat Woodley
Hixson

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From 1980 until 1998, Guy Bilyeu worked as a professional ballet dancer throughout the United States and in Europe, eventually becoming the executive director and co-artistic director of a dance company in Arizona with his wife, Eileen Price. Throughout their careers they both worked on animal issues. Bilyeu has both lobbied Washington, D.C. on animal protection bills, as well as mounted campaigns, including one to stop pound seizure.

In 1990, Bilyeu and Price received the “Award of Appreciation” from the Performing Animal Welfare Society. This award was given for obtaining the video from friends and having them sign affidavits to prove the abuse Bobbi Berrosini was inflicting on his orangutans in Las Vegas. The video played on Entertainment tonight and Berrosini’s show was canceled shortly thereafter.

Throughout the 1990s, Guy worked for various non-profits including the Performing Animal Welfare Society, Catalina Helping Hands, and the Humane Society of Williamson County (Texas) and, in 2003, he became the Executive Director of the Humane Educational Society (HES) in Chattanooga.

Under Guy’s leadership, the Humane Educational Society received the “Animal Shelter of the Year” award for TN in 2005, and the Humane Educational Society and Bilyeu were inducted into the Tennessee Animal Hall of Fame for Tennessee in 2006. In September of that year, HES received the Honorable Mention award for “Best Practices” at the national American Humane Association conference for their “Getting to Zero” campaign.

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