Broward County is one of the largest and most populous counties in Florida with a large population of owned and unowned dogs and cats. The Animal Care and Adoption Division is tasked with developing creative approaches in an effort to decrease shelter intake and increase the live outcome of animals coming into the shelter. In order for this to be accomplished, an effective and streamlined sterilization program is necessary.
In order to enhance the level of citizen participation, improve services, and decrease the numbers of unwanted animals surrendered at the shelter, the Division has developed a new Animal Care WebPortal for residents. Since its launch in April 2016, more than 9,000 spay/neuter vouchers have been issued, and over 5,000 pets participated.
The application process and the voucher’s generation takes less than 3 minutes to complete. Residents are able to choose one of many sterilization providers that accepts the vouchers. Voucher reconciliation is also a quick and efficient process.
Over the course of its development, the WebPortal has become much more than an interface for owned pet sterilization services. Based upon the gathered statistics, recommendations can be made to guide effective policy making on Animal Welfare issues and better services to all County residents. The WebPortal will play an important role in the future by providing more access to programs and services, streamlined pet licensing purchase and renewals, lost pet reporting, and vaccination tracking. More…