NACA First Responders Position Statement

Animal Control Officers Should Be Considered First Responders

The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) believes all animal field services professionals (animal control, animal protection, etc.), should be considered and treated as first responders. The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Systems define first responders as “individuals who in the early stages of an incident are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment”. Animal control officers and other animal field services professionals meet this definition.

The very core of the work of an animal control officer is deeply rooted in community engagement, public safety and the welfare of non-human animals. Historically, animal control officers were on the frontline of protecting communities and addressing public health concerns such as preventing the spread of the rabies virus. Their early role has now been dramatically expanded to include providing community support and outreach, investigating animal cruelty and neglect, and saving animals who are in immediate danger. Additionally, they work alongside other first responders such as law enforcement, EMTs, and firefighters on a regular basis during weather emergencies, natural disasters, and other catastrophic events.

Communities and local municipal agencies should view and support their animal control officers at the same level as other first responders. Additionally, communities and local government agencies should provide on-going training, equipment, and resources necessary to support the work of their animal control officers working at the frontline of their community.

Homeland Security Act of 2002. (2019, May 28). Retrieved December 06, 2020, from https://www.dhs.gov/homeland-security-act-200​

Download: NACA First Responders Position Statement (pdf)

Members: Potential Merger Discussions

Members: Potential Merger Discussions

Members. For information on the upcoming discussion on a potential merger please login to the members page to see the latest updates. The discussion’s Zoom information is provided on that page.

Additionally, the IRS 990’s from 2013 through 2019 have been added for your review as well.

The NACA board is working to compile meeting minutes, both recent and historical, to be released in the coming days.

2020 NACA Board of Director’s Election Notice

2020 NACA Board of Director’s Election Notice

NACA members will vote to fill four (4) regular Board of Directors, three (3) year term positions during the 2020 election.
The online polls will open at 8 a.m. Eastern Time on September 25, 2020, and will close promptly at 12 noon Eastern Time on October 7, 2020. You must be a current Individual member in good standing to vote.
Voting information will be emailed to each member, beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern Time on September 25, 2020.
The voting system will use the member’s current email address in their profile. Members are responsible for providing a working email address to vote. Each member should sign in to their NACA member profile and verify their email address is current.
For any questions, please email admin@nacanet.org