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Animal Care and Control

2015 Agency Overview – Approved Budget

Mission
Mission: The Department of Franklin County Animal Care & Control strives to improve the co-existence of dogs and humans, by serving the public through a group of dedicated professional’s, humane staff and volunteers, by active enforcement of state and local laws; providing programs that encourage pets for life, while providing temporary shelter and humane care for stray, unwanted or homeless dogs; maintain a passionate relocation program that insures undisruptive, healthy, altered dogs are returned to an educated public.

Strategic Initiatives
1) Increase compliancy among Franklin County residents regarding Ohio laws that pertain to the ownership of dogs. This goal can be attained through increased education and diligent enforcement. 2) The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control will visit at least 25 schools within Franklin County in 2015 to teach children how to be safe around dogs, the responsibilities of properly caring for pets, how to treat animals humanely, and how to report violations that they observe. 3) Decrease the number of homeless dogs within Franklin County. This goal can be attained through increased education pertaining to spay/neuter and through utilizing the improved facility to showcase homeless dogs. The shelter software program will enable individuals that have lost their dogs to search photos of impounded dogs on the department website. 4) The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control will increase designated patrols in high risk areas in 2015 to include license and confinement checks. High risk areas will be determined by the number of complaints received in specific areas identified by zip code. Every week in 2015, the Safety and Enforcement Division will focus on one zip code in addition to responding to service requests throughout the county. These focused patrols will concentrate on detecting unlicensed dogs and improperly confined dogs and will result in 52 “weeklong” patrols in 2015. Enforcement officers will be filing charges on owners that are not in compliance and will be impounding dogs running at large, when ownership cannot be determined. Deputy Wardens will be required to file charges on the owner of any dog that is not in compliance with the licensing laws of this state. 5) The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control will conduct Animal Awareness classes on the first three Wednesdays of each month. These classes will target first time offenders who meet the minimum criteria established by the Prosecutor’s Office as part of a diversion program. The class will also include individuals that have been found guilty of an animal related crime and are required to attend the class as a part of their sentencing. The class will also be offered at no charge to any Franklin County resident who wishes to attend to become more knowledgeable about Ohio dog laws and how to humanely care for their pet(s). 6) The shelter provides an environment that is conducive to adopting a new pet. Instead of having to walk through a loud and crowded building to look for a new pet, potential adopters find themselves in a bright, state of the art animal shelter with improved air quality, improved accommodations, and an improved overall atmosphere. There are “Featured Dog Rooms” that are utilized to showcase dogs that may have been overlooked. The new facility and computers also allow potential adopters to navigate through the adoption process quickly and efficiently. Potential adopters will have access to three computer stations in the front lobby that will allow them to submit applications without having to fill out paper forms. They will also be able to submit applications online in the comfort of their homes. The applications will be streamlined directly to the adoption counselors and clerks, eliminating the necessity to wait in long lines. 7) The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control will continue to stress the importance of spay/neuter and will continue to make the public aware of the pet overpopulation. The benefits of spay/neuter will be emphasized in every educational presentation. Every dog will continue to be spayed or neutered prior to being placed for adoption. The Department of Animal Care and Control will utilize the medical area of the new facility to showcase the department’s commitment to spay/neuter.

Strategic Issues
1) DOG DESIGNATIONS - The pit bull and pit bull mixed dog population continues to grow in Franklin County and make up the largest percentage of unclaimed dogs when compared to any other specific breed. They are also the number one breed for nuisance, dangerous and vicious designations. 2) Increased Awareness of the Humane Treatment of Animals - People throughout the country (and county) have increased expectations of how animals should be treated. Through wide-spread educational efforts and the evolution of the human thought process, all animals, especially domestic are being viewed as creatures that deserve humane treatment. The definition of “humane treatment” is constantly evolving. 3) Collaboration with other Entities - The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control proudly works with the Ohio State University, Columbus State, and numerous other shelters and rescues to address the issue of homeless pets and to help develop our future animal welfare professionals. 4) Expansion of Dog Spay and Neuter Program - The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control will continue to emphasize the importance of spaying and neutering pets in an effort to control the pet overpopulation. 5) Social Media - The Franklin County Department of Animal Care and Control will be utilizing social media outlets to promote the services offered to the public. This will include the promotion of dogs available for adoption, how and where to purchase dog licenses, how to locate a lost dog, and how to request service for dogs running at large. 6) The Need for Education - Every year, there are individuals that become first time pet owners. It is important to reach these individuals regardless of where they obtained their animal. By increasing the promotion of the Animal Awareness Program, reaching out to community groups, and reaching out to schools and universities, the department will be required to constantly grow the Animal Education Program.

Full Time Equivalents (FTEs)

Program: 2014 Approved Budget 2015 Requested Budget 2015 Approved Budget
Shelter Program
37.90
38.40
38.40
Safety Program
25.60
24.10
24.10
Total Agency FTEs
63.50
62.50
62.50
Available Resources:

Fund:
2013 Actual 2014 Approved Budget 2015 Requested Budget 2015 Approved Budget % Change 2015 Approved vs. 2014 Approved
Dog and Kennel Fund
$3,082,041
$2,841,459
$2,324,844
$2,274,844
-19.9%
Dog and Kennel Donations Fund
$129,856
$106,076
$233,776
$233,776
120.4%
Total $3,211,897
$2,947,535
$2,558,620
$2,508,620
-14.9%
 
Expense Budget:

Program:
2013 Actual 2014 Approved Budget 2015 Requested Budget 2015 Approved Budget % Change 2015 Approved vs. 2014 Approved
Shelter Program
$2,979,483
$2,875,542
$3,004,494
$2,940,118
2.2%
Safety Program
$1,367,590
$1,480,710
$1,444,880
$1,469,957
-0.7%
Total $4,347,073
$4,356,252
$4,449,374
$4,410,075
1.2%

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