Regional Animal Control

WestCOG, in partnership with RFA llc is developing a report on the potential for improvements, including inter-municipal or regional sharing, of animal control facilities and/or services in Western Connecticut.

Project Kick Off Meeting

October 26th at 1:00 PM, community CEOs, police chiefs, and Animal Control Officers within the region will be invited to learn about the Regional Animal Control project scope and planned deliverables. In addition to laying down the groundwork and providing a space for questions, the meeting aims to identify key stakeholders to serve on the Regional Animal Control Study Committee.

Kick Off Meeting Recording Expected 10/28.2020

Regional Animal Control Study Committee

The committee initially operated in the selection process for the chosen consultant on this project. Members of the committee will monitor project progress and deliverables and provide guidance and contacts for the consultant to facilitate the study process. Current members include:

  • Curtis Read – First Selectman of Bridgewater
  • Chris Muir – Animal Control Officer of Wilton
  • Elisa Etcheto – Executive Assistant for the City of Danbury
  • Mike Towle – Deputy Director at WestCOG

Project Scope

  1. Kick Off Meeting. Recorded meeting to lay ground work and take questions from stakeholders.
  2. CTDA Evaluation. Evaluate Connecticut Department of Agriculture (CTDA) statistical data.
  3. Animal Control Survey. Issue online Statistical and Programming Questionnaires and collect Animal Control Budget Data.
  4. Data Collection. Evaluate the data in conjunction with applicable CTDA statistical data and issue recommendations to identify a maximum of eight (8) facilities within WestCOG as the primary focus of the subsequent portion of this study.
  5. Shelter Site Visits. Conduct Shelter Site Visits to a maximum of eight (8) facilities during a two-day trip, meeting with each facility’s key staff and stakeholders for two hours per shelter to accomplish the following:
    • Collect existing conditions information including:
      • Primary Enclosures
      • Surfaces and Drainage
      • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Quality
      • Light
      • Sound
      • Photographic documentation
    • Meet in person and or via conference call web-based meeting link to accommodate remote participants with Key Shelter Staff and Stakeholders to discuss clarification of input or obtain missing information from online surveys. Areas to be further discussed include:
      • Operating budget
      • Staffing
      • Services provided
      • Intake and medical protocols (including microchipping)
      • Programs (adoption, behavior, training, etc.)
  6. Needs Assessment. Develop a Preliminary Needs Assessment Study for each of the eight (8) facilities with future projections of 10 and 20 years utilizing the data collected in items 1-5 above to:
    • Determine the numbers and types of animals (domestic and wildlife) that need to be sheltered
    • Determine the number and type of staff needed for each facility
    • Determine operational factors including
      • Operating hours
      • Kill vs. no-kill
      • Public private cooperation
    • Evaluate site criteria
    • Identify progressive public educational programs
    • Identify fundraising opportunities and events
    • Identify potential synergies between multiple facilities
    • Identify potential for efficiencies in sharing resources, combining smaller facilities, etc.
  7. Current Operations Meeting. Facilitate Current Operations Coordination web-based Meeting.
  8. Draft Recommendations Report. Develop a Draft Recommendations Report.
  9. Recommendations Report Meeting. Facilitate Recommendations Coordination web-based Meeting.
  10. Update Recommendations Report. Update the Draft Recommendations Report per the Coordination Meeting directives.
  11. Issue Final Report. Issue the Final Recommendations Report.
  12. Leadership Coordination Meeting. Facilitate the final Recommendations Leadership Coordination web-based Meeting.