The Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (ASD) has been recognized with a 2017 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo), for its program “Increasing Save Rate at Municipal Animal Shelter through Community Partnerships” in the category of County Administration and Management. NACo awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.
In 2010, ASD joined forces with the American Society for the Protection against Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA®) as part of their five year Community Partnership in Miami-Dade County. This strategic partnering allowed ASD the flexibility to build effective evidence-based programming that could be later funded sustainably through County funds.
“Our partnership with the ASPCA leverages each entities’ strong suit and embodies the best aspects of public private initiatives with the goal of achieving greater benefits for the community,” said ASD Director, Alex Muñoz.
At the start of the Community Partnership in 2010, ASD had an annual intake of over 38,000 cats and dogs with a save rate of 40%, by the time ASD’s “graduation” from the ASPCA Community Partnership program in 2016, annual intake was reduced to 30,000 with a save rate of over 90%. Throughout the partnership, ASD demonstrated the ability to implement changes based on many best practices and guidance from its ASPCA partner that helped increase and complement our additional funding programs for increasing live release and the construction of a new facility focused on adoptions and pet wellness.
NACo President Bryan Desloge said, “Counties overcome complex challenges, provide essential services and constantly do more with less. We applaud these Achievement Award-winning counties for outstanding efforts to improve residents’ quality of life.”
Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.
NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition July 21–24 in Franklin County, Ohio.
Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.