Under the New Port Richey Police Department, the New Port Richey Animal Protection Unit is an all volunteer unit entrusted by the City Council to provide animal control services to the citizens of the City of New Port Richey.
The Animal Protection Unit’s mission is to balance the health, safety and welfare needs of people and animals within the City of New Port Richey by:
- Protecting the rights of people from the dangers and nuisances caused by stray and/or nuisance animals
- Ensuring the legal protection of animals from mistreatment and cruelty
- Implementing progressive programs in animal welfare, care and population control
- Promoting, motivating and enforcing responsible pet ownership
- Providing animal-related services to the citizens of the City of New Port Richey
- Educating the public through presentations and public relations
- Responding to questions citizens may have regarding animals and referring them as necessary to the correct party
- Maintain an effective plan to reunite stray pets with owners and provide temporary shelter for stray, unwanted or homeless animals
- Providing a vigorous adoption program with the assistance of various rescues
- Humanely euthanize animals when necessary and appropriate, not for space or time
- Enforce State, Federal and Local animal related laws
The development of the City of New Port Richey Animal Protection Unit, will allow the City to be self-sufficient, while providing much needed expanded animal control services, without a need for increased budgetary obligation.
This plan provides the most cost effective, efficient, and responsible approach to serving the entire community, now and into the foreseeable future. In addition, it helps the City, by creating one of the best animal care and control programs in the region and putting it on the forefront of casting a new vision of the future as a pet friendly community.
This challenge is readily increasing given the current state of the economy and the resulting decrease in the City’s available fiscal resources. We believe we have met the challenge head on.