Copper Country News | Gila County Animal Care and Control Goal: “Furry” Homes for All Animals

Sasha’s story has a touching ending: A resident of Gila County Animal Care and Control’s new facility near the county fairgrounds, the eight-week-old husky mix had charmed the animal-loving staff – but he was waiting for a new House.

“We strive to find all the animals in our establishment a

new house ‘fur-ever’; this

really is our number one priority,” said Nicholas Campagna, animal protection and control officer. “And recently we had the pleasure of meeting Dan Shinder and his wife Nja, who were looking for a new companion for their home – and their incredibly large Maine Coon cat named Sage. Dan came on a Saturday to meet our adoptable dogs. This handsome young husky quickly became part of their family and found his new ‘forever furry’ home, “It’s a great story and a reminder that we still have adoptable dogs and cats at our facility – ​​and although our new building is so much better, what these animals really need is a new home where they will be loved. Read another recent story with a happy ending, view photos of dogs and cats waiting for new homes, or learn how you can volunteer as a dog walker or groomer; like and follow facebook.com/GilaCountyAnimalCare.

Sasha’s story is an example of what Gila County Executive James Menlove wrote in the countywide magazine last week: “Finally, our animal care and control team has moved into a brand new head office! Over the past year, they’ve adopted or transferred a total of 99 dogs and 20 cats, maintaining a live release of over 80% for man’s best friend. JC Castaneda and hisIfthe recs responded to 680 calls. They’ve rescued and transported more than just pets — also skunks, owls, raccoons, snakes, bats, crows, ducks, turtles, goats, and pigs! They treated 287 stray dogs, investigated 67 animal bites, conducted 76 welfare checks and 29 dog barking investigations, and assisted the Sheriff Office and local law enforcement many times.

Animal Care and Control is part of the Gila County Department of Health and Emergency Management – whose director, Michael O’Driscoll, expressed pride in what the small staff have accomplished over the past decade, dramatically increasing adoption rates and eliminating euthanasia for all but the most dangerous or diseased animals in their care.

“In 2013 I met with our animal control staff and we all agreed that we needed to overhaul our entire program to save as many animals as possible instead of euthanizing animals just to make room. in the shelter – and by that I mean the cramped and inadequate shelter we operated from so many people until this new facility opened last September.

“Consider this example; from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, data shows that we have taken in a total of 943 dogs and euthanized 568. That was almost a 60% rate for euthanizing dogs, and it was even worse for cats . We fostered 469 cats and euthanized 392. That was a horrible and unacceptable rate of 83%.

“We measure our success in animal care by what is called the live release rate. Live discard rate is calculated by taking total inputs minus total other results/total inputs, subtracting euthanasia which is specifically requested by owners who entrust their dogs or cats to our shelter.

“Anyway, thanks to the hard work of John Castaneda and his team, I am happy to let you know that our live stream rate from January 2021 to December 31, 2021 is an incredible 80.23%. This live release rate is a combination for dogs and cats. Even more telling, for the whole of 2021, we only had to euthanize 66 animals; 57 dogs and 9 cats. Part of the credit for this success goes to both our staff and the 3,300 people who make up our Facebook community – a group of like-minded animal lovers who help us identify lost pets in our care and locate pet owners after viewing photos. on Facebook. If you are not already following our page, do not hesitate!

“And again, compare last year’s release rate to the 960 animals euthanized from 2012 to 2013 and you see why I’m so happy for my team for their successes. Comparing the live release rate from almost a decade ago calculates a rate of around 20%. I am so proud of our Animal Control program and this success – and our common goal is continuous improvement towards a 100% live release rate.

Read more, like and follow facebook.com/GilaCountyAnimalCare. If you’re not on Facebook, call (928) 425-5882 to inquire about dogs and cats awaiting new homes, or ask how you can volunteer as a dog walker or groomer .

Boyd S. Abbott