Animal survey will focus on saving cats, dogs from euthanasia

Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 6:11 p.m.

A survey is under way to determine how Alachua County Animal Services and local rescue groups can save more cats and dogs from euthanasia and improve their programs.

The survey is being done by the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine program at the University of Florida veterinary college and is intended to generate community discussion of the options for saving the lives of more animals, said Maddie’s program director Julie Levy, a veterinary professor.

“Input from the community is always part of our shelter consultation process. The best shelter is a caring community, so it’s vital to hear from residents how they can help and what role they want their community animal shelter to play,” Levy said in an email to The Sun.

“Alachua County has a long track record of collaboration between the nonprofit animal welfare community and the public shelter,” Levy continued, “so there is no reason to think that this can’t become the most animal-friendly county in Florida.”

The survey at can be taken by the public until Feb. 3.

It asks a series of questions that participants score on a scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree.

Questions ask if there is a serious problem with pet overpopulation in the county, if there is adequate access to free and low-cost spaying and neutering and whether Animal Services is a good place to adopt a pet.

Also asked are questions about animal rescue groups, including whether they should be doing more to help homeless animals and what the groups can do to help Animal Services save the lives of more pets.

Included is a section where participants can write comments and suggestions.

The survey results will be presented at a public community meeting Feb. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Lecture Hall A at the veterinary school.

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