Animal Services Community Meetings

Community Forums 

Animal Services town hall: May 10, 2024

Department of Recreation and Human Services Commissioner, Dr. Shirley Green, and Deputy Commissioner, Sarah Fletcher, hosted a town hall to update the community about the status of Animal Services, and work being done to improve the shelter.

View the presentation and Q&A.

 Animal Services Community-Based Core Programs meeting 22 RAS town hall mtg flier - Sept v2

Animal Services hosted a meeting on September 29, 2022 to discuss the core programs associated with community-based animal services. The format included small-group discussions on each program area.

Review the summary of responses to comments and questions shared during the meeting.


Community Animal Welfare Webinar

On June 23, 2022, Animal Services hosted a webinar to learn about proven strategies and programs to help pets and people in ways other than shelter intake and be part of the lifesaving solution. The webinar was led by Dr. Sara Pizano of Team Shelter USA. Dr. Pizano is the author of The Best Practice Playbook for Animal Shelters and has worked with more than 115 shelters all over the country, from small rural facilities to large urban shelters. In this animal services community forum, she walks you through the steps each shelter, whether public or private and regardless of resources, can take to help more cats and dogs.

Review the recording and view the slide presentation


 Evolution of Animal Services and the City's Transition to Human Animal Support Services

On April 14, 2022, Rochester Animal Services Director Chris Fitzgerald and special guests discussed the City’s transition to Human Animal Support Services and challenges and opportunities in animal services operations.  View Recording and Questions and Answers



 Contact:     Chris Fitzgerald, Director, Rochester Animal Services, (585) 428-7274