Animal Management Officers Bring Care and Compassion to Those They Serve

Animal Management Officers Bring  Care and Compassion to Those They Serve

Mending fences to secure a dog who escaped a yard while the family was away; working for months to finally catch a stray dog to give him the care he needs; rescuing and adopting a kitten found in a dumpster covered in muck:  these are just some of the examples of the work done by Arvada Police Animal Management Officers each and every day.

"Animal Management Officers for Arvada are filled with compassion for the animals they help and passionate about the role they play in the community," said Commander Kathy Foos. "While some might see this caring staff as simply dog catchers, they are far from the stereotypical characters portrayed in cartoons and movies.

Arvada's Animal Management Officers bring 75 years of experience to their jobs and are recognized as leaders in the community at various shelters and other animal awareness groups.

The team is comprised of six officers and a supervisor who respond to animal complaints and to promote responsible pet ownership through enforcement, mediation and education. All officers are State Certified through the Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers and the Department of Agriculture.

There is always an Animal Management Officer on-call after hours to respond to injured or dangerous domestic animals.

In addition to enforcement efforts, Animal Management Officers are tasked with presenting educational programs and participating in a host of community awareness events.

"The team works very hard at engaging the community in a positive way, and we take pride in helping ensure animals in our city thrive," said Animal Management Supervisor Becky Robison.

April 10 - 16 marks Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week.

The following is a breakdown of Arvada's Animal Management statistics for 2010.

2010 Animal Management Statistics

Phone Calls

7,364

Calls for Service

6,685

Park Patrol Hours

229

Reported Animal Bites

145

Animals Returned to Owner (no impound)

739

Animals Impounded at Foothills Animal Shelter

346

Animal Returned to Owner (after being impounded)

184

Animals Adopted from Foothills Animal Shelter

108

Animals Euthanized at Foothills Animal Shelter

54

Dead Animals Recovered

514

Summonses Issued

631

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