Item Title: Name Change for the Wake County Animal Shelter
Specific Action Requested:
Since the first day Wake County housed a stray animal so that it could be reunited with its owner, the program has been referred to as Wake County Animal Control. However, over the years the shelter has grown to become much more sophisticated and diverse in its services. However the name has remained the same. The current name of Wake County Animal Control does not properly or adequately portray the services provided by Wake County Government related to this field.
Wake County Animal Control currently includes, but is not limited to, the pick up of stray and owner surrendered animals; the confiscation of evicted animals and animals related to criminal activities and quarantine of bite animals; the management of the Wake County Animal Shelter including its receiving of stray and owner surrendered animals from the public, the shelter and feeding of lost, stray and abandoned animals, and the adoption of unwanted animals.
Over the past decade, Wake County’s investments in improved sheltering facilities and management have enabled Wake County to increase adoptions from 18% to 28% and reduce euthanasia from 71% to 59%. However, an average of over 10,000 animals have been euthanized each year for the past five years. The number of animals euthanized presents a community problem that needs increased attention and more proactive approaches.
In an effort to address this community problem the Wake County Department of Environmental Services has developed an Animal Control Business Plan, generated a Memorandum of Understanding and a Memorandum of Agreement with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County, written a Memorandum of Agreement with the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and worked in participation with the SPCA, the Towns of Cary and Garner, the City of Raleigh, the veterinary community, rescue and foster groups, and other stakeholders to tackle issues involving animal control, sheltering and pet overpopulation.
In light of the many aforementioned efforts to address the community overpopulation problem it is an appropriate time to change the name of Wake County Animal Control to more adequately reflect the myriad of services provided. Three main areas of focus have been identified for inclusion in the new name. A brief explanation of each area is given below.
This element includes the boarding, feeding and vaccination of lost, stray, abandoned and unwanted animals; the spaying or neutering and microchipping of adopted animals to prevent unwanted litters and to more readily return lost animals to their owners; and the education of the public on being responsible pet owners to decrease the number of surrendered animals.
This element encompasses rabies vaccination enforcement, bite quarantine, and the handling of evictions, confiscations, cruelty cases and dangerous animals.
This element involves the rehoming of unclaimed or surrendered animals. The adoption center at Beacon Lake Drive in Raleigh will adopt out animals as well as a mobile unit and adoption partners such as the SPCA.
Given the three main areas of focus for this service provided to Wake County citizens, the new proposed name is Wake County Animal Care, Control and Adoption Center.