Edgewater Pet Licensing

From Edgewater Police Chief John Hough:

On November 18, 2013, as the Edgewater Police Department Chief, I attended the November Board of Directors meeting for the Foothills Animal Shelter to discuss the 2014 proposed budget. One of the issues that was discussed at the meeting was the rates of compliance with the pet licensing program since its inception under the Foothills Animal Shelter umbrella on July 1, 2013 for each community served by the shelter. According to the 2013 estimated dog population for Edgewater provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association, Edgewater has 1,657 dogs in the community. The licensing compliance goal for Edgewater is 20% of those dogs to be licensed, or 331 dogs.

Since the licensing program’s implementation, only 32 dogs, or 10% of the licensing compliance goal for dogs in our community have been licensed. That 10% compliance rate puts us at achieving only a dismal 1/3 of the compliance rate of the next lowest compliance rate community, which is Lakewood. We as a community can do much better than that. If you need additional information regarding the pet licensing program, please refer to the Edgewater Police Department website athttp://www.edgewaterpd.com. Remember, even though your license fee may be mailed to Texas, which is the location of the contract licensing vendor, almost the entire licensing fee is returned to the Foothills Animal Shelter for use in supporting our shelter and our pet rescue efforts.

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