Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 17, 2017 Baltimore County Animal Services Advisory Commission Meeting

Here's a summary of the October 17, 2017 meeting of the Animal Services Advisory Commission.

Agenda for Commission meeting Oct. 17, 2017

1) Call to Order
2) Roll Call (Determination of a quorum) In attendance were Deborah Stone Hess, Joy Freedman, Julianne Zimmer, and by phone Maryanne Martin Bailey, Jon Christiana, and Jame DeRite Rodriguez
3) Approve Minutes Here are the minutes from our September meeting as approved:
BALTIMORE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES
ADVISORY COMMISSION
September 26, 2017

The twenty-third regular meeting of the Baltimore County Animal Services Advisory Commission was held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in the Main Conference Room of the Drumcastle Government Center. This meeting was called to order at 6:34 pm.
By the Chair Deborah Stone-Hess. Members in attendance were: Deborah Stone-Hess, Maryanne Bailey, Jon Christiana, Joy Freedman, Ann Gearhart, Roy Plummer, Jean Townsend, VMD, Janice Vincent (by phone) and Julianne Zimmer (by phone).

Minutes

Minutes from the July 18, 2017 meeting were motioned and approved as submitted.

Motion –

Motioned by: Joy Freedman
Second by: Jon Christiana
Decision: Approved

Circus Legislation

This will have to be put off until another time. The bill was pulled.

New business

Summary of Liaison Committee Meeting

1. Rescue Well Grant – Baltimore County awarded a twenty-five thousand dollar grant to Rescue Well last November, allowing Rescue Well to do a number of things for BCAS. Rescue Well has used twenty-three thousand of that grant, which is right on time. Fundraising needs to be done to help fund what Rescue Well does for BCAS.

2. Can Rescues use the County’s spay/neuter clinics?  - No they can not. Many of the animals that go to rescues are already spayed or neutered. This is a service that is paid for by Baltimore County taxpayers.

3. West Side Spay/Neuter Clinic – Baltimore County is trying to promote this clinic in order to increase the number of spay/neuter surgeries.

4. The promotions person hired by BCAS to promote the Spay/Neuter program has left the shelter and will not be replaced.

5. Emergency Response – In the event of a major hurricane or other emergency which forces County residents to evacuate, the County already has community centers that would be used as shelters both for people and pets. Would like to create an emergency one sheet for veterinarians with numbers for emergency situations. Ann mentioned after giving out 800 number for FEMA brochures, the people that requested them, never received any brochures. Deb said that they will ask about FEMA brochures. Joy Freedman  and Maryanne Bailey have taken responsibility for creating the one-pager for vets.

6. Kitten Season – BCAS is full with stray cats, litters of kittens and lots of surrendered cats. The foster program is of growing importance. Fosters must be Baltimore County residents. This is a temporary situation, so you are not required to register a fostered animal. Fosters are also needed for cats with upper respiratory infections. These cats only need a very small space, such as a bathroom. They need to be kept confined and quiet for a couple of weeks so they can go back to the shelter. Foster program needs to be promoted.

7. Halloween Promotion – BCAS is planning a Halloween promotion called, “Adoption Spooktacular” on October 13. Volunteers are needed. If interested, contact Heidi Griswold.  Ann suggested that instead of saying that cats are free, maybe it could be said that the charges are being underwritten or waved by the County.

8. New Mobile Adoption Vehicle – The name for the new vehicle is, “BCAS Express Cuddle Shuttle.” New uniforms for the Animal Control Officers will have BCAS on the back. This is an effort to promote the BCAS brand.

Second Annual Commission Report

There have been some remarkable changes at the shelter. The statistics have improved greatly. The spay/neuter clinics are working. Rescue Well is helping. The volunteer program has improved tremendously.

The request for shelter hours on Sunday are in the report. The need for more marketing was mentioned as well. The new mobile adoption vehicle will help with branding. More marketing is needed. This is the most important request. Ann Gearhart was wondering if when she is speaking at the County libraries, the new mobile vehicle could come. Deb mentioned that it would be nice to promote understanding of what shelters are and the differences between different organizations.

Motion to submit the Commission’s Annual Report:

Motioned by: Roy Plummer
Second by: Joy Freedman
Decision: Approved


Announcement of Next Meeting Date and Location
October 17, 2017 at Drumcastle Government Center, 6401 York Road, 3rd floor, Main Conference Room

Adjournment
Motion to adjourn
Motion by: Maryanne Bailey
Second by: Ann Gearhart
Motion approved.

Adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

4) Commission member resignation-Lavinia Ringgold who was appointed by Councilman Julian Jones has resigned from the Commission.
5) New Business
a) Commission Report -The 2nd annual Commission report has been submitted to the members of the Baltimore County Council and to the County Executive.Submitted to County Council and County Executive
b) 3rd Qtr. Statistics-Here are the staistics for the 3rd quarter of 2017:


DISPOSITION DURING QTR:
Activity for Reporting Quarter: July- September 2017
DOGS CATS
A. Live Animal Count at Beginning of Qtr
37
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170
LIVE INTAKE DURING QTR:
B. Stray/At Large
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319
474
C. Relinquished by Owner
134
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300
D. Owner Requested Euthanasia
45
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46
E. Transferred in from another Agency
0
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0
F. Other Live Intakes (impounds, births, animals placed in foster care, brought in for TNR, etc)
0
277
G. TOTAL LIVE INTAKE DURING QTR (B+C+D+E+F)
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498
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1097
H. Adoption
104
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392
I. Returned to Owner
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154
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18
J. Transferred to another Agency
140
199
K. Other Live Outcome (includes TNRs released)
0
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329
L. Died/Lost in Care
3
11
M. Euthanasia- at Owner’s Request
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40
41
N. Euthanasia-All other than owner request
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40
127
O. TOTAL DISPOSITION DURING QTR
481
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1117
P. Live Animal Count at End of QTR (includes Fosters). (A+G - O)
54
150
In order to better understand to what degree unowned cats are a source of intake and euthanasia, we need your help. To the best of your abilities, please indicate what percent and/or how much of CAT intake would you consider unowned (i.e. feral, or community cats) animals:
How many of the euthanized cats would you guess are unowned:

1/Pursuant to section 2-1602(H) of the Agriculture Article which states: “Beginning January 14,2014, each county and municipal animal control shelter and each organization that contracts with a county or municipality for animal control shall report quarterly to the Department on a form prescribed by the Department describing for the previous 3 months: (1) The number of cats and dogs taken in; (2) The number of cats and dogs disposed of, broken down by method of disposal, including euthanasia; and (3) Any other relevant data the Department requires.”Please return completed survey by email attachment to mda.spayandneuter@maryland.gov or by mail to Maryland Department of Agriculture, Marketing Department (Spay and Neuter Program), 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401. Questions call Jane Mallory 410-481-5766 email: Jane.Mallory@maryland.gov .page1image85808 page1image85968

Here is a comparison of third quarter numbers for 2016 vs 2017:
      STATS COMPARISON 3RD QTR, 2016 VS. 2017

INTAKE         2016                   2017
DOGS               523                      498       25 fewer in ‘17
CATS                953                      1097    144 more in ‘17
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EUTH.
                            2016                  2017                           
DOGS              31  (5.9%)      40     ( 8%)                 
CATS            202    (21%)     127   (11.5%)

TO RESCUE     2016                    2017
DOGS                122                         140
CATS                 284                         199

ADOPTED          2016                    2017
DOGS                  161                        104
CATS                    334                       392     



c) Bathroom Issue-There has been a recent issue involving the bathrooms for volunteers at the shelter because of plumbing problems. On some days the public restrooms that are used by the volunteers were not working while the bathrooms used by the staff were operational.  Volunteers were told to drive to a public restroom if they needed to use the bathroom. The Commission is sending a letter to the County Attorney asking for a decision from his office as to whether it is legal for the county to deny bathroom access to both the public and volunteers when there are working bathrooms in the shelter.In addition, the Commission is sending an email expressing concern and disappointment about this decision to Fred Homan, Gary Klunk, Dr. melissa Jones, and Dr,.Gregory Branch.
On October 17, Baltimore County provided temporary bathroom facilities outside the shelter.

d) Liaison Committee Meeting Summary-Here is a summary of the latest Liaison Committee meeting:
        LIAISON COMMITTEE MEETING SUMMARY

1) WE TALKED ABOUT THE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ISSUE AND THE FACT THAT JOY AND MARYANNE WANT TO PUT TOGETHER A ONE PAGE SHEET THAT COULD BE IN VETERINARIANS’ OFFICES ABOUT ISSUES CONCERNINGN BCAS AND STORM PREPAREDNESS. FRED IS PUTTING JOY IN TOUCH WITH MARK HUBBARD WHO IS THE COUNTY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DIRECTOR.
2) TNR UPDATE-THE COUNTY HAS PERFORMED 951 TNR’S SINCE IT BEGAN ITS PROGRAMIN OCTOBER OF 2016. THE COUNTY IS STILL HAVING A LOT OF DIFFICULTY GETTING PEOPLE TO AGREE TO LET CATS BACK ONTOT HEIR PROPERTY AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN ALTERED AND VACCINATED
3) WEST SIDE SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC-THIS IS ANOTHER AREA WHERE THE COUNTY CONTINUES TO ENCOUNTER DIFFICULTY . PEOPLE ON THE WEST SIDE SEEM DISINTERESTED IN GETTING THEIR PETS SPAYED AND NEUTERED AND EFFORTS TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO SO ARE PROVING UNSUCCESSFUL. THAT INCLUDES THE GIFT CARD PROGRAM WHERE PEOPLE WOULD RECEIVE A 20 DOLLAR GIFT CARD IN EXCHANGE FOR UTILIZIUNG THE CLINIC. THE COUNTY IS CONSIDERING ITS OPTIONS TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE FACILITY COULD BE BETTER USED FOR OTHER PURPOSES, INCLUDING TNR.
4) MOBILE ADOPTION VEHICLE-THE NEW TARGET DATE FOR GETTING THE NEW VEHICLE IS THE END OF NOVEMBER.
5) VEHICLE TO LIBRARIES-ANNE GEARHART EXPRESED INTEREST IN HAVING THE VEHICLE COME TO COUNTY LIBRARIES. THE SHELTER WILL CONSIDER THAT, ALTHOUGH IF SATURDAYS ARE THE PREFERRED TIME FOR THIS AND OTHER BIGGER EVENTS ARE TAKING PLACE ON SATURDAYS (AS THEY OFTEN DO) THE COUNTYW ANTS TO GO WHERE THEY CAN REACH THE MOST PEOPLE. SO WE DON’T KNOW IF LIBRARIES WILL PROVE A VIABLE OPTION. HEIDI IS GOING TO CREATE AN EVENT CALENDAR FOR THE VEHICLE. ANN, CONTACT HER TO DISCUSS.
6) TNR OF FRIENDLY CATS-DEBORAH RECEIVED A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK FROM SOMEONE CONCERNED ABOUT FRIENDLY CATS BEING RETURNED AFTER BEING ALTERED. THIS IS INDEED PART OF THEPROGRAM AS THERE IS NOT ENOUGH ROOM AT THE SHELTER TO TAKE IN FRIENDLY CATS THROUGH THE TNR PROGRAM. KITTEN SEASON CONTINUES AND THE ADOPTION ROOM IS CONSISTENTLY RUNNING FULL.  AS LONG AS CATS APPEAR TO BE HEALTHY AND HAVE A RELIABLE FOOD SOURCE, THEY WILL BE RETURNED TO THEIR COLONIES WHETHER THEY ARE FERAL OR FRIENDLY. THIS OFFERS THE GREATEST LIKELIHOOD OF A LIVE OUTCOME FOR AS MANY CATS AS POSSIBLE.


7) Next Commission meeting date and location-The next meeting is scheduled for Thanksgiving week so Deborah is going to email Commission members to see if they can meet instead on Nov. 14 at 6:30 PM at the Drumcastle Building.
          8) Adjournment




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