WELCOME NCARCA WINTER 2014 President’s Message Welcome Springtime! I trust everyone had a wonderful holiday season and now we are back at it in full swing. It seems as though our winter this year has been extremely tough and is taking it’s toll on our animal services operations across the state, not to mention the new laws INSIDE THIS ISSUE Award that have gone into effect as of January 2014. In this newsletter we will address some of those challenges and where we are as NCARCA in attempting to help you deal with 2 them. In an effort to bring you up to date on where we are in 2014, I wanted to briefly Winners recap our past year for you. We are coming off one of the best attended Conferences we have had in recent years and from your comments and surveys, you felt this past Con- Conference 3 Olympic ference served you well as far as the quality and training opportunities. Your Board tried to put together a Conference based upon your input, but the success of the Conference purely lies on you, our members that support it. We also did a major Training Winners Workshop in the West last year highlighting the CRV program and Animal Cruelty which resulted in the largest CRV class in the history of the program. When the class was fin- Certified 4 Rabies Vaccinator New to the 5 Board Shelter Page 6 ished there were over 70 new CRV’s ready to bring to their shelters a service that directly impacts our mission of rabies control. Dr. Carl Williams indicated that at the end of the year, his records showed over 600 Certified Rabies Vaccinators in North Carolina which is a hug step in controlling rabies in our state. The next year promises even more in the line of training opportunities for us. Once again our Annual Conference will be held in Wrightsville Beach, October 2014, with a dual track offering for training as last year. We will again offer a Workshop in the West that will feature large animal rescue and evaluation, and another in the East featuring a class on equine cruelty recognition and dog temperament evaluation. Tentative plans are for the Eastern Workshop to be held in Raleigh. We will keep you abreast of these upcoming events through our newsletter and website. Certified 7 Euthanasia Tech. Your NCARCA We are looking forward to a very exciting 2014 in animal services across the state. We truly are in a mode of change and excitement in our profession filled with unlimited opportunities to serve and be creative in what we do. I challenge you to make a difference in your communities and as always NCARCA is here to serve you, our membership. All your Board Members are as close as an email or a phone call. Please do not hesitate to let us help you as we grow our NCARCA Team. 8 Michele Whaley, NCARCA, President Pitt County A C O OF THE YE AR: Tommy Bell Carteret County EAR: Y OF THE L E N N SO RT PER SUPPO annell P a i r a M County n a w o R CAREER S ERVICE AW ARD: Reggie Ho rton Gaston Co unty INNER: W D L O G Doug — s a l g u Alex Do Alex’s n i d e r u pict Howell e absenc ler die Pes d E d n A BRONZ E WINN ER: Mike & Judy Si ms Cabarr us Cou nty : SILVER WINNER Gilberto Gandra or Petpointe Vend Darren Mode High Point Certified rabies vaccinators As you all know we have had a very successful year in North Carolina certifying new CRV’s, but what you may not know is that this entire program is directed and controlled by your local Health Director and the N.C. Dept. of Public Health and not our local Animal Control/Services agencies. Last year through the efforts of NCARCA, NCAF, and NCPH there were 171 new CRV’s listed in N.C. which gives us a total of more than 650 across the state. Our plans were to offer the course again this spring through a regional NCARCA event, but upon review of the number of registered CRV’s we currently have the N.C. Dept. of Public Health has decided that until they have an opportunity to review their current records for validity, they will hold off on offering any more classes. With that in mind if you have a desire to certify additional staff, remember that the request MUST come with a recommendation from you local Director of Public Health and it must be a recommendation specifically for the individual seeking the certification and also must be submitted to NCPH directly and not to any association. Dr. Carl Williams will then schedule the classes as the need arises from his reviewed lists of certifications and may or may not ask the relevant associations for sponsorship and regionalized classes. The frequency and availability of classes is ultimately the call of NCPH and not our association, however, we will be happy to help in any way we can. NEW TO THE BOARD NCARCA is now at full Board levels with the addition of David Workman of Lincoln County and Eugene Taylor of Edgecombe County. David has been in Lincoln County since 2006 where he began his service as a road officer and was promoted to Manager of the agency in 2010, the position he still serves in. David is married and has a daughter and is involved in his community through his local Shrine and his local Masonic Lodge. He loves outdoor sports and is a fan of classic country music. Eugene has been in Edgecombe County for the past seven years. He too, began his career as a road officer and then moved into the Manager’s position where he has served for the past six years. Eugene is married and has four children who are the brightest spot in his life. He enjoys the beach and fishing a is a Little League Baseball coach. One of Eugene’s proudest accomplishments is the fact that he is a cancer survivor for two years and is a very strong proponent of Relay for Life. Both David and Eugene look forward to serving you, our members through their Board service to North Carolina Animal and Rabies Control Association. Planning ahead . . . Holiday Inn Resorts Wrightsville Beach 2014 NCARCA Annual Training Conference October 2014 SHELTER PAGE WILKES COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL It’s actually a Dur-A-Flex product installed by Surface Concepts, Inc. out of Burlington, NC. But it sure has brightened the future of floor durability and animal comfort in Wilkes County. Not only is it easier to clean and more sanitary, but more visibly appealing. Now after years of touch ups, write ups, and chipped paint, we can put this problem behind us. UP, UP, AND AWAY ADOPTIONS! Numbers have been fantastic! Rescue groups deserve a huge “HIGH FIVE” for their efforts in bringing up the adoption numbers. Rescue groups accounted for 74% of the adoptions last year! Way to go! Rescue groups include our local Humane Society, Partners Canine, Lake Norman Rescue and Mitchell Mill. Over all adoption rate for the shelter is 69% of the adoptable animals that are impounded. My future’s looking bright! Love what you’ve done with the floors! TIME TO RE-CERTIFY CET’S It’s been five years since the initial CET trainings were done and as per our certifications, it’s time to re-certify, which means that there will be many that fall into that category now. NCARCA through our training efforts will be putting together a number of re-certification and initial certification classes throughout the state in an effort to make sure that our membership can maintain their certifications without a lapse in your agencies. You need to be aware that the process has changed since you certified five years ago in the fact that now you must apply directly to NCDA/CS Animal Welfare Division and you must apply using their forms. The new portion does in fact require a new set of fingerprints and now you are required to go through a complete SBI background check. In addition, you now are required to send your application registration along with your registration fee of $38. You need to request your registration packet directly from NCDA/CS and it cannot be obtained online. It has to be mailed to you. Also understand that due to the background check, it will take an abnormally longer period of time to process which sometimes holds up your certification final issue process. So go ahead and get it in the works now. From the class availability standpoint, if you need to re-certify or obtain a new certification, in either CO or injection methods or both, please advise Ernie Wilkinson or Dr. R.W. Houser of you need as soon as possible so they can begin to build regional classes to suit your needs. Their contact information is available on the NCARCA website. Please submit your requests early and if you have any questions, feel free to contact Ernie or Doc. Because NCARCA is your organization in the state for support, training opportunities, legislative connections, and a voice for animal concerns , what happens in your county impacts us all. Whether it’s new floor installation or other structural improvements, puppy mills, training, or any issues you feel are note worthy. Call, email, or contact any board member to share what’s happening in your neck of the woods. Check our NCARCA website For Board Member Contact Information We look forward to hearing from you!
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