5 Reasons To Appreciate Animal Control
It’s Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week! This week is celebrated on the second full week of April each year and is designed to give recognition to the hard-working men and women of Animal Care and Control. They risk their lives and devote huge amounts of personal time and resources to their communities. Along with this, they serve the public just like other public safety and law enforcement agencies. Here is our list of 5 Reasons To Appreciate Animal Control.
1. They Help Keep Stray and Abandoned Animals Safe
Animal Control helps bring abandoned and unattended animals to safety. People often call animal control because a stray or injured animal has wandered onto their property. They safely and carefully secure these animals and transport them to an animal shelter or clinic, where they can be claimed by their owners and brought back home. Animal Control also helps reunite animals with their owners in the field, by scanning animals’ microchips or reading their tags and transporting them back to their homes without even bringing them to the shelter!
2. They Investigate and Help Prevent Animal Cruelty
Animal control involves a combination of animal investigation, care, and education. They can be required to investigate the mistreatment or abuse of pets. So, their jobs can also lead them into the courtroom when animal laws have been violated and cases are being tried. If there is suspected animal abuse, Animal Control may have to interview witnesses, investigate the crime scene, collect evidence, and write follow-up reports.
3. They Are Dedicated and Knowledgeable
Animal control workers handle animals of all types, from pets to wildlife. Animal control workers can wear many hats! They can patrol public areas, respond to service calls, and work in shelters. If an animal is injured, an animal control worker will also need to be able to determine the extent of the injury. They will examine the animal and determine if medical treatment is required. Furthermore, they need the skills to be able to determine if an animal is dangerous or a threat to the community.
4. They Work Long Hours to Serve Their Community
Animal control workers may work long night and weekend hours, due to the 24-hour needs of animal shelters and animal patrol schedules. They can also be required to be on call at certain times. Undoubtedly, their duties are physically and emotionally demanding.
5. They Care About Animals and their Communities
Animal Control officers need to be highly adaptable because the work introduces them to new animals, people, and situations every day! Supplying personal care to the animals and being able to create a bond with animals that may need extra compassion and understanding is one of the perks of this job. Also, many of the animals that Animal Control comes across are scared or in need. These officers work day in and day out to get these animals out of harm’s way and to a safe place. They even engage with community members to help create a safer, more animal-friendly environment for people and their pets!
There you have it! Our list of 5 Reasons To Appreciate Animal Control. Check out the National Animal Care and Control Website, the NACA Website, to learn more about the field and what other amazing work these heroes are doing. You can also take a look at this blog to review some of the animal laws in Clark County. In addition, make it a point this week to thank the animal control officers in your community!