CHARLOTTE, N.C. (News Release) – On Thursday, February 11, 2021, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control (AC&C) was selected by The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) as an Outstanding Animal Care & Control Agency.
NACA 2020 – OUTSTANDING ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL AGENCY – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control
This award is presented to an individual agency that best promotes and exemplifies professionalism in the animal care and control field. This award’s selection criterion includes effective training programs for personnel, outstanding/innovative public education programs, active community involvement, and average officer response time to calls for assistance.
Instead of things slowing down during the COVID-19 pandemic CM AC&C was able to turn the situation into many positives. Not only were they able to adapt and continue to save more lives from a sheltering perspective but were able to find creative ways to provide seamless response with their field service. Officers were able to continue training through virtual learning environments on topics such as dog fighting, animal abuse, and handling wildlife issues. CM AC&C transitioned 11 ACO’s to Human Animal Support Services Officers who were assigned to work in the community to assist pet owners.
“CMPD Animal Care & Control is deeply honored to be named NACA’s 2020 Agency of the year. 2020 was a challenging year, but our team and our community pulled together to make the best of a bad situation. As I have said before, related to other topics, this success is none of ours alone. This success belongs to everyone in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community! I am so proud of the work that each member of CMPD Animal Care & Control does every day, and I am appreciative to NACA for their support of this incredible team!”- AC&C Director, Dr. Josh Fisher
About National Animal Care & Control Association:
The National Animal Care & Control Association is the nation’s leading association supporting the work of animal welfare field services professionals. NACA is committed to setting the standard in professionalism in animal welfare and public safety through training, networking, and advocacy.
NACA believes that carefully selected and properly trained field services personnel can correct pet-related community problems. NACA provides training, position statements, best practices, camaraderie, and support for animal control officers and all animal welfare professionals.
About CMPD Animal Care & Control:
Animal Care & Control (AC&C) is part of the Administrative Services Bureau of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and currently consists of five units including Field Operations, Animal Sheltering & Medical Services, Customer Service & Community Outreach, Communications, and Administrative Services. In addition to providing regulatory services that contribute to community public health and safety, AC&C has many programs that focus on education, intake mitigation, pet management, adoption and animal health concerns.
AC&C is dedicated to helping the people and pets of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County by providing a variety of medical and support services. AC&C is also here to help educate the public about how to best care for animals and work to keep pets and people safe and together.