Monday, April 12, 2010

ASPCA Partnership Community

In February, Animal Services served as the Lead Agency and applied to become the next ASPCA Partnership Community along with the Humane Society of Greater Miami and The Cat Network. This program was previously called Mission Orange. The ASPCA looks at communities with widespread collaborations of animal welfare groups.

Today we were told that Miami-Dade County was chosen as the next ASPCA Partnership

The ASPCA is interested in changing communities and helping them get to Zero Euthanasia by decreasing the shelter intake, increasing the Save Rate and targeting those animals most at risk. They evaluate the community as a whole and make recommendations for programs that will make the most impact, then they fund them with the hope that they will become self-sustaining in the future.

The first steps will involve a team of consultants from the ASPCA who will spend time in our community doing a baseline evaluation. I served as a consultant for the ASPCA when Tampa was chosen as a partner community and know how valuable this step will be for us. Then the ASPCA works with each agency independently and as a group so we can plan for our annual goals. The partnership may last between one and five years and will be dependent on our community reaching or exceeding the goals agreed upon.

This is the most significant thing to happen to our community since Animal Services became an independent Department in 2005 and we are so excited to be part of this monumental national movement!