The Daphne Police Department employs two full-time and one part-time civilian Animal Control Officers (ACOs).
ACO's are responsible for responding to animal-related complaints, investigating animal cruelty cases, reports of rabid animals & animal bites. The Animal Control Officers also enforce the city's leash law & animal control ordinances regulating dogs & cats. In addition, they capture stray & lost animals and issue citations.
In addition to ACOs, the shelter has a staff member to oversee adoptions and volunteer services.
Volunteers consist of members of the community that assist in socialization and care of the shelter animals. Daphne Animal Shelter works closely with other animal service organizations such asThe Haven, Baldwin Animal Rescue Center (BARC) and other local rescue groups.
From 1969-1989, Dr. Albert Corte, D.V.M. & his staff at 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 & lost animals within the City & surrounding communities.
Dr. Corte, the sole veterinarian in Daphne in 1967, also helped to adopt homeless, sick, injured & unwanted animals when their owners could not be found.
In 1989, the City of Daphne, with the help of dedicated volunteers, played a vital role in helping establish the Daphne Animal Shelter, and in January 2009, the City recognized Dr. Corte for over 40 years of volunteerism on behalf of animals in the community.