Information and Assistance for Pet Owners
Animal Control Officers (ACO) engage in pro-active efforts to provide information and assistance to pet owners and address concerns before they escalate.
Our ACOs engage in non-enforcement and preventative patrols on a regular basis, during which they visit neighborhoods and chat with citizens about their pets or their concerns. Door-to-door foot patrols are also conducted in underserved neighborhoods. This pro-active approach involves non-judgmental communication, building relationships, offering assistance and sharing information to resolve issues and help owners keep their pets safe and secure at home.
Challenges, Actions and Benefits
There are a variety of challenges related to companion animals and the following is a list of some of the most significant ones, along with our actions to address them and the associated benefits of doing so.
- Unleashed dogs creating nuisances or public safety concerns;
- Pet relinquishment due to lack of funds, resources, or pet-friendly housing;
- Community cats pose nuisance concerns;
- Breeding of dogs and cats without proper plans for long-term placement;
- Dogs chained outside, unattended for extended periods of time are more likely to bite
- Un-altered male dogs are more likely to roam and to bite;
- Dog fighting supports anti-community activities (e.g., gambling, backyard breeding and animal cruelty).
- Low and no-cost spay and neuter;
- Donation of pet food, bowls, collars and leashes and other supplies to owners in need;
- Collaboration with Health Department at free rabies clinics;
- Free rabies, DAP-P, and microchips at The Fast & The Furriest® annual event;
- Sharing information materials (e.g., spay/neuter, crate training, removing dogs from chains);
- Dog bite prevention presentations
- Decrease in stray and unwanted dogs and cats in our community;
- Decrease in animals surrendered by owners or brought in as strays at the Animal Services Center;
- Decrease complaints of animal nuisances;
- Decrease complaints of animal abuse and neglect;
- Fewer dogs on chains and in potentially dangerous situations;
- Increased community engagement and pride.