Harvard honors Lee County Domestic Animal Services
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County Domestic Animal Services received Harvard's "Bright Ideas" award for its Animal Euthanasia Reduction Program.
The Bright Idea awards program points out noteworthy and promising government programs and practices so that other communities can adopt similar initiatives.
LCDAS was one of 111 recipients selected to receive this prestigious award out of over 600 entries nationwide. The agency was chosen because of its proactive programs aimed at reducing taxpayer expenses, pet overpopulation, shelter intake, and euthanasia.
Numerous programs and initiatives contributed to the success. Among them were the Community Pet Pantry, Trap, Neuter and Return for feral cats, no-cost public assistance pet sterilization and veterinary care through the Animal Care Trust Fund, and low-cost microchip ID clinics to return more pets to their owners. These programs are not funded by tax dollars but by pet licensing revenues and private donations. Th
e programs were implemented in March 2009 when Lee County suffered a high rate of foreclosures and job loss. Consequently, LCDAS experienced a significant increase in shelter intake.