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  • 1.  August Resource Drive: Field Services and Public Safety Resources

    Posted 13 days ago

    The focus for our August 2022 resource drive is FIELD SERVICES AND PUBLIC SAFETY!

    Animal Control Officer holding two chihuahuasLet’s face it, animal field services professionals have an incredibly difficult job. They are in the community every day working as animal control officers, humane investigators, outreach staff, community cat trappers and provide a variety of other services. They are a vital connection between the people in your community and the services government agencies provide.

    HASS embraces a One Health approach which means the health of animals is tied to the health of people and the environment. When animal services focus on addressing root causes that lead to public safety issues, provide resources to keep dogs safely in their yards, and put a high priority on swiftly resolving situations that put people and pets in danger, the community will be safer.” - Human Animal Support Services


    Help us provide field service professionals with the resources they need to be successful!


    You Can Participate In Two Ways:

    1. Upload/Share Field Services and Public Safety Resources on this thread
    2. Reply with a request for a specific Field Services and Public Safety resource YOU NEED

    What Type of Resources Should You Share?

    • Educational Training for Animal Care Officers (Orientations, Online Trainings, etc.)
    • Checklists ACOs can use in the field (ex: field services return to owner checklist)
    • Example job descriptions for animal control officers or related animal protection positions
    • Safe handling or community engagement strategies & tips

    Where Will All the Field Services & Public Safety Resources be Stored? How do I view them? 

    All field services and public safety resources will be accessible in the Field Services Resources folder in Maddie's Pet Forum Library 


    Share & You’ll Be Entered To Win $50

    Everyone who uploads a file, shares a resource on this thread or replies with information about field services and public safety during the month of August will be entered to win a $50 gift card to Amazon, Petco or PetSmart (winner's choice).  Start sharing now!


    *Pro Tips for sharing resources: 

    • Use the "Upload File" button when replying to this thread to attach a file. We encourage you to attach the file versus hyperlinking to the file whenever possible. Files that are attached to discussion threads are automatically added to the Maddie's Pet Forum Resource Library so attaching helps make the resource searchable and improves accessibility within the forum.
    • Yes, you can share resources that your organization did not create. Sharing is caring and this applies to resources too! Make sure the creator allows the resource to be shared publicly and be sure to give credit to the creator or source organization.

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    Kim Domerofski (she/her)
    Community Manager
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 2.  RE: August Resource Drive: Field Services and Public Safety Resources

    Posted 13 days ago
    I've started us off by uploading 4 (free) Maddie's University courses and a webinar to the library.

    1. Maddie's University course:  NACA Field Services Series - Community-Centered Programming
    2. Maddie's University course:  NACA Field Services Series - Using Tools and Equipment
    3. Maddie's University course:  Dog Handling in the Shelter
    4. Maddie's University course:  Feral and Fractious Cat Handling
    5. Webinar:  ACOs Gone Wild - Handling Fearful and Fractious Wildlife and Companion Animals
    Go to the Field Services Resources folder to check them out!

    What resources for Field Services do you have to add? Reply and share them here.

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    Kim Domerofski (she/her)
    Community Manager
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 3.  RE: August Resource Drive: Field Services and Public Safety Resources

    Posted 6 days ago
    I volunteer in a tiny Balkan country called Montenegro, which has never had any sort of ACOs or professional staff for animals apart from veterinarians.  There is an Animal Welfare Law, but no actual enforcement mechanism.

    There is a growing call among Montenegrins for "Animal Police", and a sense that this will quickly solve the problems of abandonment, neglect and abuse.

    As a volunteer in Montenegro, I try to provide information and resources that would not otherwise be considered on a variety of topics related to animal welfare.  I would love to learn how communities have developed the roles and job descriptions of ACO's, to include the variety of duties we all know they perform, and  the nuances of effective practice other than writing tickets. 

    I know there are a ton of resources already available, but I'm looking for things that address the creation of the jobs, (or maybe the reimagining of the jobs) what was done right, painful lessons not to repeat, etc. 

    Also, are there any communities in the US where animal control does NOT fall under a law enforcement agency?   Does that affect the function of your CSO's?

    Thanks for any help!  I look forward to learning more.

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    April King
    Volunteer and Board Member
    Kotor Kitties
    +1 206 407 5336
    http://www.kotorkitties.org
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  • 4.  RE: August Resource Drive: Field Services and Public Safety Resources

    Posted 4 days ago
    Wow! I'd love to visit Montenegro someday. I can recommend our latest field services course, NACA Field Services Series: Community-Centered Programming. It contains job descriptions, protocols, checklists from the point of view of shelters that are successfully focusing on non-punitive methods of resolving these issues as a first step.

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    Erika Shaffer
    Course Developer at Maddie's Fund
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  • 5.  RE: August Resource Drive: Field Services and Public Safety Resources

    Posted 12 days ago
    These are three forms used for cats that are involved in abuse cases that we use.  Downloaded from the ASPCA website.  They also have dogs and lots of other checklists and forms for officers to use.   Here is the website location. https://www.aspcapro.org/resource/sample-documents-cruelty-cases

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    Frances Alford
    Director
    Big Bend TNR Cat Rescue
    Tallahassee FL
    8507569776
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  • 6.  RE: August Resource Drive: Field Services and Public Safety Resources

    Posted 12 days ago
    Great resources, Frances! Thank you for sharing them. And thanks for sharing the link to the ASPCA webpage with even more sample documents for cruelty cases. Super helpful!

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    Kim Domerofski (she/her)
    Community Manager
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 7.  RE: August Resource Drive: Field Services and Public Safety Resources

    Posted 11 days ago
    @Ivona Nelson, as a new forum member and new Animal Control Officer at Summit County Animal Control and Shelter in Frisco, CO, I'd like to welcome you to the forum and make sure you're aware of this thread. Congrats on your new position! If you have a need for any specific Field Services resources, please post them here and be sure to check out the Field Services Resources folder in Maddie's Pet Forum Library to see what's been shared so far.  We're all here to help each other!

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    Kim Domerofski (she/her)
    Community Manager
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 8.  RE: August Resource Drive: Field Services and Public Safety Resources

    Posted 5 days ago
    Here is a really good webinar about field services and community engagement. Lots of great ideas and resources, https://network.bestfriends.org/proven-strategies/operations/field-services-return-owner/community-engagement

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    Erin Ellis
    Community Engagement Director
    Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

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    Foster Program & Volunteer Management Specialist
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  • 9.  RE: August Resource Drive: Field Services and Public Safety Resources

    Posted 5 days ago
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    One of the most important functions of an Animal Control/Field Services Officer is getting pets back to their homes.  The attached "ACO Field Services Return to Owner Checklist" created by Human Animal Support Services serves as a helpful guide to do that.

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    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund
    she/her
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