In 2005, the Animal Services Department (ASD) became independent, answering directly to the County Manager. Since then, a myriad of changes and improvements have been and continue to be made. The Department strives to provide services that ensure the safety of the public and increase the number of shelter animals saved. In 2009, ASD received the Agency of the Year award from the Florida Animal Control Association.
Also in 2009, ASD was recognized with an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Team Achievement because of the success of the adoption program. Subsequently, in 2010 the Department was presented with the Outstanding Team Achievement award for a spay/neuter initiative as ASD was responsible for the sterilization of over 4,000 community cats with minimal impact to the operational budget.
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