July 2018

July 2018

 

City staff attended the City Manager’s Association Animal Care Committee meeting on July 19, 2018 at Orange County Animal Care (“OCAC”) headquarters.  Discussion topics included the new OCAC fee study, selection of a new Director of Animal Care, Fiscal Year 2017-18 budget actuals, shelter capacity, an update regarding the recent outbreak of panleukopenia and typhus, upcoming events, and coyote mitigation. 


OCAC Fee Study


Staff previously informed the City Council that Orange County Community Resources (“OCCR”) conducted a fee study of the OCAC program.  OCCR presented the fee study and suggested fee schedule to the Board of Supervisors at its meeting of July 17, 2018.  Following some discussion, the Board of Supervisors approved the recommended fee schedule during this meeting.   Updated licensing fees will take effect on September 1, 2018, and all others fees on August 1, 2018.  However, adoption of the new fee schedule does not affect the license fees the City Council previously established.  The fee study and fee schedule are attached for the City Council’s information.  

 

New Director of Animal Care Hired

 

During the meeting, OCCR Director, Dylan Wright, also discussed the selection of the new Director of Animal Care, Mike Kaviani.  Mr. Kaviani has over 14 years of experience in the animal care industry and previously served the Irvine community.  Mr. Kaviani joins OCAC from Austin Pets Alive!, where he served as the Director of Life Saving Operations.  OCAC anticipates that its chosen candidate will begin his new role with the County on August 17, 2018.  Following this date, Mr. Kaviani will be introduced to the CMAAC.  Additionally, Mr. Wright is available to introduce Mr. Kaviani to the City Council at a meeting in the near future. 

 

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget Actuals 

 

OCAC’s Budget Analyst provided an update regarding program actuals for Fiscal Year 2017-18.  Based on the actual revenues and expenditures for June 2018, OCAC anticipates that it may have exceeded the collective Notice of Intent estimates for the previous fiscal year.  OCAC anticipates finalizing the fourth quarter invoices by the end of July and providing these to the member cities in early August 2018.  

 

Shelter Capacity

 

In the past few months, the OCAC shelter capacity has been at 80 percent or higher.  While the shelter and its staff are better equipped to address needs associated with a high shelter capacity, this consistent population is unmanageable in the long-term.  To encourage more adoption and reduce capacity, OCAC initiated a fee waiver for adoption of those animals with tenure at the shelter of seven or more days.  This waiver program will remain in place until the shelter population reduces to approximately 60 percent of capacity or August 4, 2018

 

Panleukopenia and Typhus

Staff previously reported that OCAC identified the presence of panleukopenia in the shelter.  Panleukopenia is a relatively common disease which may have serious consequences for unvaccinated and immune-immature cats and kittens.  To address the outbreak, OCAC adopted a shelter-wide approach and implemented deep care and cleaning protocols with both staff and volunteers.  Additionally, OCAC limited access to cats to in-kennel visits, and is administering booster immunizations to all shelter cats.  To date, the outbreak appears to be resolved.  OCAC veterinary staff identified two additional cases of panleukopenia separate from the initial outbreak.  The virus does not appear to have spread beyond these two additional cases.  OCAC staff also learned of an outbreak of Typhus among cats in the City of Orange.  As a result, OCAC has temporarily suspended its trap-neuter-return program within this jurisdiction as to not exasperate the outbreak. 

 

Upcoming Events

 

OCAC is preparing for the national Clear the Shelters event scheduled for August 12, 2018.  NBC recently informed OCAC that it was chosen as a key shelter for the network to highlight during the day.  NBC will feature OCAC on Clear the Shelters day and be present at the shelter for the event.  Additionally, OCAC will participate in a pre-Clear the Shelters event scheduled for August 11, 2018 at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach.  NBC will also be present for this event scheduled to take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Coyote Mitigation


OCAC hosted a separate meeting regarding coyote mitigation to assess current city efforts and its role in addressing mitigation efforts in the future.  The City receives few complaints of coyotes annually and attended the meeting to clarify roles and responsibilities related to reporting coyote activity.  OCAC clarified that it responses to calls for service involving injured, sick, or aggressive coyotes.  Additionally, the group discussed the potential to regionalize a coyote mitigation plan amongst all participating cities, as opposed to the current localized approach.  OCAC will begin reporting calls for service involving coyotes monthly and evaluate the potential for a regionalized mitigation plan.   


Please contact Louie Lacasella, Assistant to the City Manager, with any questions at (949) 461-3537, or via email at llacasella@lakeforestca.gov.


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