Monday, April 28, 2014

Off-Leash Ambassador program acknowledged for innovation

BREAKING NEWS: The City has been selected to advance to the International Summit for Urban Animal Strategies in Lake Louise in October where eight finalists will vie to be chosen as the 2014 Innovator of the Year.

The City of Calgary’s Off-Leash Ambassador Program is being recognized for innovation at the 2014 Urban Animal Regional Conference today in Calgary.

Animal and Bylaw Services (ABS) Business Strategist Cheryl Herperger was asked by industry peers to give a 20-minute presentation on the new program, followed by a short question and answer period.

“Being recognized for the innovative work we are doing is very rewarding.  This session will give us the opportunity to share the success of our program with other organizations and communities,” says Herperger.

Volunteers promote responsible pet ownership

Through the Off- Leash Ambassador Program, launched in 2013, volunteers help promote the Responsible Pet Ownership bylaw and assist owners with positive pet interactions and safety. This is accomplished through educational information, demonstrations and discussions.

The ambassadors are positive role models in off-leash areas. They promote Calgary’s bylaws and provide an avenue for citizens to express concerns which are then passed along to City bylaw staff.

Program started in NW and is expanding to all quadrants

“The first year of the program was a huge success. The ambassadors did a great job promoting the work we do at ABS and the services we provide, such as animal adoption and licensing,” says Herperger. “As a result, we are expanding the program this year from the northwest to all four quadrants of the city.”

The Urban Animal Regional Conferences are held in four major urban centres every year to discuss issues, showcase innovation, establish strategy, and develop relationships. The vision is to unite sectors of the animal industry and solve some of the urban animal challenges facing communities across the country.

Two projects from the Calgary session will advance to the International Summit for Urban Animal Strategies in Lake Louise in October. One will then be chosen as the 2014 Innovator of the Year.

If you would like to volunteer for the Off-Leash Ambassador Program, visit the Volunteering at ABS page on and sign up today.

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