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Should DAS Even Be Part of Code?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21, 2014 by Lisa Roberson

Reposting from 2010:


An expert’s take on Animal Services as part of Code Compliance

Posted in Now or Never on October 11, 2010 by Blog Administrator


We asked American Humane’s Phil Arkow what he thought about Animal Services Departments being part of Code Compliance.


“Code compliance is a fairly common model, but usually in much smaller communities where only one or two officers can handle the entire municipal code enforcement function: in a major metropolitan area such as Dallas, animal services can easily get lost within the morass of other code enforcement concerns. In addition to the usual lack of animal sheltering expertise within code compliance, another downside of this approach is that it denigrates animal control and animal cruelty to the level of weeds, noise, junk cars and other urban nuisances instead of recognizing them as public health, public safety and animal welfare functions.”


He goes on to suggest that “Another model is to recognize that animal services is truly an independent “odd duck” that crosses many lines and to establish it as a free-standing department reporting directly to the Mayor or City Manager. This improves the stature of the department and places it on equal footing with other municipal services, which increases public and interdepartmental regard for the program. It allows the program to cross-fertilize with other departments and not have a particular bias that being housed within any one department usually involves.”


We think it might be time for DAS to be its own department.




The Problem Is Code

Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2014 by Lisa Roberson

So what’s the problem?  A long line of actions, or inactions, on the part of Code Compliance and the City Manager’s office, are beginning to deteriorate the positive, working relationship the Animal Shelter Commission and City Hall have enjoyed these last few years. Where did the $200,000 the Council earmarked for DAS go?  The money to hire staff to fill the many vacant full time positions at DAS – positions the Commission was told were funded positions – is apparently not available.  To make matters worse, the City Council continues to get truly inaccurate information from Code Compliance and the City manager’s office in regard to DAS.

“We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” -George Bernard Shaw



Right Back Where We Started From

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2014 by Lisa Roberson

Despite the riffs and everything else Code threw at her, by September of 2011, Jones had an improved intake process in place, had redirected donations made for the shelter to the shelter (not as simple as it sounds), ensured vets were in-house even on the weekends, started working to find a permanent solution for the AC issues, began the process of installing a new PA system and security cameras, enhanced staff training, restocked critical supplies and equipment, revised the call structure, instituted a new way to deal with wildlife, and set a goal of 0% euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals (which they met and continue to sustain).


In 2012, the improvements continued.  Jody Jones recruited Dr. Catherine McManus, a Maddie’s Shelter Program graduate with a Master’s in Public Health to serve as Operations Manager, secured over $400,000 of resources for the City of Dallas to support shelter operations, technology and much-needed staff training; implemented all but 7 of the 250 recommendations in the 2010 Humane Society of the United States report (the final 7 aren’t in the budget); found a way to coordinate activities between DPS, DA and DAS; secured a donation from Clear channel resulting in production of a monthly billboard and countless hours of free ad space for DAS; and played a key roll in the creation of a No Kill plan for Dallas.


In 2013, DAS hit the highest ever one month live release record – 54.4% in March; the Dallas Observer picked DAS the best place in the City to adopt a dog; Culture Map declared Jody Jones one of 2013’s Most Influential People; support among the general public is higher than ever; and DAS is becoming nationally recognized as a leader in the municipal sheltering field.



Jody Jones named one of 2013 Most Influential People by Culture Map!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 30, 2013 by Blog Administrator

READ it here!

Dallas Observer picks Dallas Animal Services as best place to adopt a dog!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 30, 2013 by Blog Administrator

READ the entire article here!

Dallas City Council passes 2013-2014 budget

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2013 by Blog Administrator

The new budget includes a much-needed additional $ 200,000 for Dallas Animal Services. 

City rewards shelter’s progress with $300K in bike lanes?

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2013 by Blog Administrator

City rewards shelter’s progress with $300K in bike lanes?