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Maddie's Candid Conversation with Ed Jamison: An in-depth discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion

  • 1.  Maddie's Candid Conversation with Ed Jamison: An in-depth discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion

    Posted 03-02-2021 02:56 PM

    Watch our open, informal 30-minute conversation and Q+A with @Ed Jamison, Director of Dallas Animal Services, hosted by our own @Mary Ippoliti-Smith on Wednesday, March 23rd at 12pm (PT). Learn and be inspired by Ed's journey promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in his daily work.

    Come away with ideas to keep more people and pets together through respect and appreciation as valuable members of your community.

    Press play on the video below to watch and use this thread to continue the conversation with Ed and ask any questions or share your thoughts on the topic!


    Director of Dallas Animal Services

    About Ed Jamison: 
    Ed became the Director of Dallas Animal Services (DAS) in October of 2017. With over 39,000 dogs and cats entering DAS yearly, Dallas is the 3rd largest intake in the United States. Ed has been tasked to increase public safety by getting loose animals off the streets, while at the same time increasing positive outcomes. To accomplish that, Ed is leading a staff of over 200 employees, maximizing the relationships with the rescue community, rebuilding the volunteer base, and instituting new, progressive programming.

    DAS realized a 90 + percent rate for four consecutive months, which is a first for the Department, and is on pace to finish FY2020 at over 90 percent. Prior to coming to Dallas, Ed was the Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, but he entered the Animal Care & Control World in the mid 2000's while he was the Animal Warden for the City of Garfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. In his time serving Cleveland, Ed made a push to redefine the way Animal Control functions and re-brand the public's perception of the industry, particularly with "pit-bull" type dogs. The award winning, trademarked CITY DOGs Cleveland Adoption and Volunteer programs are flourishing and being copied throughout the country.

    #OrganizationalManagement

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    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund
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  • 2.  RE: Maddie's Candid Conversation with Ed Jamison: An in-depth discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion

    Posted 03-02-2021 03:25 PM
    Can't wait for this!  Ed you are STAR!   And Mary's going to make it fun and inviting and just cool.

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    alison gibson
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  • 3.  RE: Maddie's Candid Conversation with Ed Jamison: An in-depth discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion

    Posted 03-03-2021 06:15 AM
    What a great opportunity to hear more about Ed's work - Very excited for this!

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    Caitlin Quinn
    HeARTs Speak
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  • 4.  RE: Maddie's Candid Conversation with Ed Jamison: An in-depth discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion

    Posted 03-23-2021 12:39 PM
    what a great session just now! You are a rockstar Ed!

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    Sharon Fletcher
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  • 5.  RE: Maddie's Candid Conversation with Ed Jamison: An in-depth discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion

    Posted 03-23-2021 12:40 PM
    Thanks so much for the wonderful conversation today, Ed! I have a question about how your team represents themselves when they're going out into the community. Are they in DAS shirts, uniforms or some other indicator that they're part of the DAS? Are you going door to door introducing yourselves and seeing if anyone needs any particular help or services or is it more of driving through the streets, waving and talking to anyone who approaches your team?

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    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund
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  • 6.  RE: Maddie's Candid Conversation with Ed Jamison: An in-depth discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion

    Posted 03-23-2021 12:50 PM
    Hi Charlotte.... Prior to COVID we had a team walking door to door throughout the neighborhoods introducing themselves, explaining City Codes, and identifying resources. The plan is for this to get broken down into City District Resource Officers after COVID, so each community will have that "go to person" in their area that they can connect directly with.  All DAS team members are in uniform when they are in the community.

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    Ed Jamison
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  • 7.  RE: Maddie's Candid Conversation with Ed Jamison: An in-depth discussion about diversity, equity and inclusion

    Posted 03-23-2021 12:45 PM

    Hi Ed!

    Since you mentioned making duckling ramps, I am faced with trying to build 5-10 for my neighborhood as duckling season has begun. The lagoons are about 1 foot deep, and our HOA probably doesn't want us to just plop wooden planks down. Do you have any suggestions on the best and most cost-effective way to create ramps? Please be as detailed as possible, e.g., "Go to Home Depot and purchase these materials."

    Here are pictures of a ramp built by a neighbor, and the adorable family of ducks. Thanks!