Shelter Staff & History

Daphne Animal Shelter Staff & Support Services

Daphne Police Department Lieutenant Reginald Ardis manages and oversees the day to day operations of three divisions: Communications, Corrections, and Animal Control.

The Daphne Police Department employs two civilian Animal Control Officers (ACOs) and one Animal Control Technician. Animal Control Officers provide an important community service by appearing before school groups, senior citizen groups, and/or other community groups to discuss animal control topics or show breeds of dogs and cats of interest.

They are responsible for responding to animal related complaints, investigating animal cruelty cases, reports of rabid animals, and animal bites. The Animal Control Officers also enforce the city's leash law and animal control ordinances regulating dogs and cats. In addition, they capture stray and lost animals, and issue citations.

Animal Control works closely with other animal service organizations such as The Haven, B.A.R.C., Baldwin Animal Rescue Center (BARC), and other local rescue groups.

History of the Daphne Animal Shelter

The Daphne Animal Shelter was established in 1989. When the city’s population reached 5,000 residents, city government was obligated and mandated by state law to operate Animal Control within the city limits. From 1969-1989, Dr. Albert Corte, D.V.M. and his Highland Animal Hospital operated as the animal shelter for the City of Daphne.  Dr. Corte is credited with volunteering his services to Daphne’s neediest animals for over 40 years.  He cared for sick, injured, stray, and lost animals in the City and surrounding community. Dr. Corte, the sole veterinarian in Daphne in 1967, also helped to adopt homeless, sick, injured, and unwanted animals when their owners could not be found.  

Albert Corte

When citizens could no longer afford to take care of their animals Dr. Corte rescued them and provided the veterinary care they needed.

On January 2009, the City of Daphne recognized Dr. Corte for over 40 years volunteerism on behalf of animals in the community. In 1989, the City of Daphne, with the help of dedicated volunteers, played a vital role in helping establish the Daphne Animal Shelter.

The current shelter bears the name “Dr. Albert Corte, Jr. Animal Shelter” in  honor of Dr. Corte’s generosity in donating uncounted hours of care and medicines to homeless animals in Daphne.  Dr. Corte’s hope for the future is to see “Friends of The Animal Shelter” in Daphne to help further the humane and ethical treatment of animals in the community.

Dr. Corte’s selfless acts on behalf of animals is deserving of Meritorious Service for his invaluable contributions and for providing a much needed service. “We appreciate his enthusiasm, energy and tireless dedication for serving all of us in the City of Daphne.  Help continue the life- long work of local veterinarian Dr. Albert Corte, Jr. by caring for and adopting Daphne’s homeless animals.