- Posted On: October 07, 2014
Choose the Right Software Solution to Get it Under Control
Owning a pet isn’t cheap. Americans spend around $56 billion a year on their beloved furry friends and municipalities spend a large amount managing stray and aggressive animals. While we are a society that dotes on our dogs and cats, animal control issues become a problem when citizens fail to spay or neuter their pets and send the offspring off to homes where owners don’t know how to properly care for an animal. At that point, the issue becomes something that city and/or county governments have to handle.
Animal control efforts can be a drain on local governments’ budget. Shelters fill up fast. The animals must be fed and cared for by a paid individual or multiple individuals. The budget for a shelter becomes cumbersome rather quickly, and for communities like Exeter, MO, there simply aren’t resources available to run a proper animal control department.
City officials in Exeter recognize they have an issue with animals running wild, but without funding for a shelter, they’re usually scrambling to find the owner of the animal. It’s not uncommon for people to dump boxes full of kittens and puppies off at city properties, which creates a real problem for a community that doesn’t euthanize animals. They are now thinking about bringing multiple townships together to run a shared shelter.
Many cities across the nation are embracing a “no kill” shelter philosophy, which means instead of euthanizing dogs and cats that don’t have a home, they are fed and cared for indefinitely. This trend can put municipal officials in a tough spot though; especially considering the no-kill option can triple the amount of money it takes to operate a shelter.
Even in cities with top-notch shelters, budgets become strained and government officials have to start looking for places to cut. Code enforcement resources are often put to better use with building safety inspections rather than tracking down stray animals, so animal control usually ends up getting gutted in the budget process. A closer look into how code enforcement officers are going about their day to day activities can reveal places where there is potential for cost savings.
The first place to look is toward the type of technology being used in the code enforcement process. You might think you’re saving money by keeping it low-fi and analog, using manual processes. But, what you’re actually doing is slowing down the process. Fewer animal control issues are being handled throughout the day as code enforcement officers grapple with paperwork.
When municipalities are armed with the right technology, such as animal control software specifically built for handling cases faster and more efficiently, the issue becomes much less of a problem. For instance, with the right software, code enforcement officers can easily manage cases, follow up on animal licensing issues, track problem owners and have total access to case details while out in the field.
Comcate, a company that knows government can run more smoothly and efficiently, has worked with communities to build a software solution that addresses all their problems. Our software integrates seamlessly with code enforcement and/or CRM software, which means you’ll easily be able to print daily field reports, track officer time by case, easily maintain documentation for court purposes and do many other tasks quickly and painlessly. For more information about our solutions, contact us today.