The City of Hays Animal Control Program depends on your Support!!!
Animal Problems Begin with People:
The health and safety of animals and people are at risk when pet owners:
1. Let their pets roam free
2. Fail to observe laws and ordinances
3. Allow their pets to have unwanted litters.
Solutions Begin with Animal Control:
Your community's animal control program can solve these problems - with your help.
When roaming free, animals may:
- Bite people - a major public health problem
- Spread disease - among themselves and human beings
- Destroy property - everything from lawns to livestock
- Breed - at an astounding rate, producing more animals-and more animal problems
- Cause traffic accidents - resulting in both human and animal suffering
- Die - from accidents, fights, starvation, disease, exposure and inhumane treatment.
Your Animal Control Officers
1. Enforce ordinances, such as leash laws, laws governing vaccinations and humane treatment, etc.
2. Enforce city pet licenses for animals, to help identify and aid in the return of lost pets
3. Educate the public, to make citizens aware of animal control problems and ways to help solve them.
Animal Control Services:
- Cruelty investigation: Animal Control Officers enforce laws governing humane treatment of animals. If necessary, they may remove animals from unsafe or unhealthy conditions and begin legal action against negligent owner.
- Complaint investigation: Animal Control Officers look into complaints of noisy, destructive or threatening animals. If necessary, proper legal action may be taken (including citations, fines and impoundment).
- Animal rescue: Animal Control Officers use their knowledge and equipment to help find and rescue lost or trapped animals.
- Animal ambulance: Animal Control Officers transport injured animals safely and humanely to the appropriate health-care facility.
- Animal Quarantine: Animals that bite are located and captured to make certain that they're not carrying disease.
Myths and Misconceptions that contribute to animal overpopulation:
- I know I can find GOOD HOMES for my pet's litter.
That may be. But, remember that the homes you find mean that there are that many fewer homes available to other animals waiting for adoption.
- But spaying and neutering make pets FAT AND LAZY
This is not true. You are responsible for seeing that your pet eats right and gets the proper amount of exercise.
- I just DON'T THINK IT'S RIGHT to keep my pet from having a litter
Spaying or neutering does more than help solve the problem of animal overpopulation; it actually protects your pet from many health problems, and helps him or her live a longer, happier life.
- I happen to know that there are shelters that DON'T EUTHANIZE animals.
There are such places. But they accept only animals they can house or place in homes. Most other shelters must accept all animals, including the sick, old and injured. These shelters face vast shortages of space and resources.
- I want my children to see the MIRACLE OF BIRTH
There's a good chance you'll miss the delivery, since animals often give birth in private. But, you can use books or films to teach children about the miracle of birth-without adding to the animal population!
What can you do to HELP?
- Practice responsible pet ownership:
- Have your pet spayed or neutered.
(Bonus: License fees are lower for spayed or neutered pets.)
- Don't let your pet run free. Keep him on a leash.
- Report all cases of animal abuse or inhumane treatment.
- Obey all other laws that affect you and your pet.
ANIMAL CONTROL PROTECTS YOU, YOUR PET, AND YOUR COMMUNITY!