Animal intake, euthanizations at a 6-year low at Collier Domestic Animal Services

Jenna Golec, 3, points out a chihuahua in the clinic of the Collier County Domestic Animal Services during a  volunteer orientation. Jenna was there with her mom, Brenda Golec, who is going to volunteer. The packed event gave possible future volunteers a look at the facility, how the animal services runs and what to expect if they volunteer. Erik Kellar/Staff

Photo by Erik Kellar

Jenna Golec, 3, points out a chihuahua in the clinic of the Collier County Domestic Animal Services during a volunteer orientation. Jenna was there with her mom, Brenda Golec, who is going to volunteer. The packed event gave possible future volunteers a look at the facility, how the animal services runs and what to expect if they volunteer. Erik Kellar/Staff

Collier Count Domestic Animal Services took in 6,212 animals during its recently completed fiscal year — a 7 percent decrease from the previous year and a six-year low.

“We look at animal intake as an indicator of the community’s commitment to its pets,” DAS Director Amanda Townsend said in a press release.

The percentage of animals adopted increased 2 percent over the previous year, and the percentage of animals reclaimed is up 1 percent, according to the press release. The number of animals euthanized — 3,566 — is down 4 percent from the previous year, and is also at a six-year low.

“The most exciting thing we are seeing is a significant reduction in cat intake — down 14 percent from last year,” Townsend said.

Townsend credits the efforts of the Collier Community Cat Coalition, which administers the community’s trap-neuter-return program, as well as grants for cat sterilizations secured by local organizations such as Collier Spay Neuter Clinic and For the Love of Cats, for the reduction in cat intake.

While it is not an open forum for citizens to speak, the public is invited to participate in a planning workshop held by the Domestic Animal Services Advisory Board on Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at 7610 Davis Blvd. by contacting an advisory board member. The goal of the workshop is to set a top 10 list of multi-year projects the department can complete to improve the lives of the community’s pets.

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