Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Animal Control is adjusting their operations to provide streamlined services, better response to animal complaints, and dedicated public viewing hours at the shelter.
Collectively, city management and police command staff recently reviewed the animal control and shelter operations in Mt. Juliet and developed goals to be more responsive to the public and provide better services to animal control complaints within the city limits. After the review, the following goals were established:
- Increase animal control patrols
- Decrease response time to animal-related complaints
- Open shelter to the public on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Continue effective cat control plan with Trap, Neuter/Spay, and Return program
To accomplish the new goals, the following adjustments will be implemented:
- Cats will no longer be accepted at the shelter unless exigent or emergency circumstances exist.
- An employee, who was splitting time at the animal shelter and police department, will now be dedicated full-time with animal control. Animal control and shelter operations will have two full-time and 2 part-time employees.
Currently, there are 9 cats at the shelter that will remain and cared for until they are adopted.
Mt. Juliet Animal Control is responsible for the enforcement of state animal control laws, enforcement city ordinances, and operating the animal shelter. In addition, specially trained animal control officers investigate animal cruelty, reports of rabid animals, and animal bites.
The dedicated staff and Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter Volunteer Organization members are a great asset to the overall success of the animal shelter, which took in 228 animals and adopted or placed 212 animals in 2015. Staff and volunteer members work hard constantly to ensure animals have a home away from the shelter. No animals have been euthanized due to overcrowding since Mt. Juliet’s Animal Shelter’s existence.