FiveThings That I Would Change About Animal Control Officers' Jobs

Rat catcher.  No joke. Photographed  Nov. 7 1939.
Rat catcher. No joke. Photographed Nov. 7 1939. | Source

Serious question:

Have you ever given any thought to what a Dog Catcher really does on a daily basis? Sadly, I am guilty of seldom thinking of such an employee. Sure, I agree, that these employees perform a very important public service, but who among us stops during the day and think "Wonder what those Animal Control Officers are up to?"

Transporting a tranquilized Polar Bear to a safe habitat so he can be free.
Transporting a tranquilized Polar Bear to a safe habitat so he can be free. | Source

Things need to change.

It is time that someone, "me," take a giant step and balance myself out "here on the proverbial limb," and see if I can walk it to the end. Anyone care to form a "Can Kenneth Make It" pool? Just asking.

No one really and truthfully asked me what I would change if I were endowed with the power (to do such things) of a mayor, city commissioner, state senator or even our nation's President, so I have made a brief-but-sensible list of . . .

FiveThings That I Would Change About Animal Control Officers' Jobs

 In an older time, the A.S.P.C.A. gives  horse a drink of water.  Besides Animal Control  employees, the A.S.P.C.A.  also helps with the welfare  of animals.
In an older time, the A.S.P.C.A. gives horse a drink of water. Besides Animal Control employees, the A.S.P.C.A. also helps with the welfare of animals. | Source
Rat catchers at work.  And you think you have  a sorry job.
Rat catchers at work. And you think you have a sorry job. | Source
Animal Control Officers take a tranquilized Polar Bear back to a safer habitat and get it out of the town that it wandered into during a cold Winter night.
Animal Control Officers take a tranquilized Polar Bear back to a safer habitat and get it out of the town that it wandered into during a cold Winter night. | Source
An Animal Control Officer's job is not "a walk in the park."
An Animal Control Officer's job is not "a walk in the park." | Source
Could you work as an Animal Control Officer?
Could you work as an Animal Control Officer? | Source

Uniforms: just by looking at the photos on this hub or on documentaries about Animal Control Officers, you can easily see that the city they serve did not splurge on their unforms, but opted for a low-key, mostly-obscure type of uniform for them to wear. If I were in charge, I would have them decked-out in attractive, durable Wrangler jeans, Duluth Trading Post shirts, and Texas Steer work boots. I know that I should not publish brand names on my pieces, but I had to do it this time for dramatic effect.

Vehicles: this was an easy choice for my next area of change. All I have seen the Animal Control Officers drive on television is those drab-looking utility trucks with their titles stenciled on the doors. Yukkk! Give these guys and girls a vehicle that they can be proud of. Let Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel's car-restoration show, "Fast 'N Loud," customize just one of these hideous vehicles that these hard-working people drive today and before long, their bosses will be seeing who can be first at buying Rawlings' concept vehicles.

Equipment: I cannot afford to say that much about Animal Control Officers' equipment. This might stay the same because they do have equipment to restrain and transport animals in a humane way. Okay. I can be a good sport. Let their equipment be.

Image: I noticed on one television show where Animal Control Officers were called to catch and transport a vicious alligator from the backyard of an obviously-terrified citizen. But when the Animal Control Officers rolled up in their regular-looking vehicles and introduced themselves, the scared citizens who called them put a frown on their faces. Whaaaattt? Dear terrified citizens, these men did not call you. You called them. So next time, if any, show them the respect that they deserve. Or else, you get out there and catch the next vicious gator. What? That's what I thought.

Background Music: this is not aimed at the Animal Control officers. Actually, none of this piece is aimed at these people who put their lives on the line everyday. This is aimed at whatever network carries the documentaries or weekly series about Animal Control Officers. Do away with that drab, drowsy background music. I am not being harsh, but honest. Change the background to the "Theme from Jaws," or the suspenseful music from the vintage "Peter Gunn" shows. Your ratings will "go through the roof."

Note: I usually publish at least 10 items or thoughts about whatever topic I am involved with at the time of writing these hubs, but not this time. Five is a-plenty.

The less-than-10 idea tells me that these fine Americans are doing great and really do not need that many changes.

Animal Control Officers, I, along with my Sweet Followers, salute you!

Animal Control Officers must be important. They made it to "Parks and Recreation."

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Taylor Wooten 8 months ago

I agree with this post, Animal Control Officers dont get enough credit. I have to deal with them in my area all the time due to a lot of strays. They do have uniforms here and the vehicles fine but I've been told by the same guy every time I see him that he gets a lot of bullsh*t calls and there's normally only a few people working at a time in our county. They deserve a lot more recognition!


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kenneth avery 7 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Taylor Wooten,

I would love to offer you my sincere thanks for your positive comments.

When I had thought of these guys and girls some time ago, I did not know which direction to take this hub.

But your comment answered my question. Thanks.

And you may write me anytime you like about anything you like.

Kenneth


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BlossomSB 7 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Such a good article about the people that care for creatures in our environment. They certainly don't receive the credit that they deserve.


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kenneth avery 7 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Well, hello, BlossomSB,

Thank you so sincerely for your sweet and uplifting comment.

Where I live, we have Humane Shelter and this lady is the sole employee. She never gets ANY credit. Thanks too for agreeing with me.

Peace to you, my Dear Friend and Follower.

Kenneth

P.S. write me anytime.


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Suhail and my dog 7 months ago from Mississauga, ON

So, Ken, I am sure you are aware but the animal control guys are of three types:

1. Those who specialize in relocating intruding wildlife;

2. Those who are sent to kill problem wildlife, such as wolves preying on livestock; and

3. Those who are sent to kill invasive species, such as weasels in New Zealand feasting on flightless birds.

I have no problems with 1 and 3. The 2nd ones are a huge problem, especially if they are working for the Wildlife Service of the US Department of Agriculture. They tend to kill our precious natural heritage on flimsiest of excuses.

Any advice for this breed of humans?


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kenneth avery 7 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Suhail and my dog,

Yes. (to the people in your 2nd point): Check to see if you have a heart.

This bothers me also. Did they not know that wolves are dangerously-close to being on the Extinct List?

Wolves could be tranquilized and transported to a bigger, safer place.

Thanks, my friend for your nice comment.

Kenneth

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