The Marin Humane Society and
The Animal Services Joint Powers Agreement
In 1979, Marin’s 11 cities and towns and the county entered into a joint powers agreement (JPA) to offer coordinated animal services to Marin residents. The JPA built upon an existing relationship with the Marin Humane Society which provides valuable animal services for the entire county.
JPA members adopt a standard* animal control ordinance that allows Humane Society Animal Services Officers to provide uniform enforcement of animal control laws throughout the county. The county contracts with the Marin Humane Society for animal services, and these services are funded by JPA members as well as revenues and fees related to animal services and programs. Members share the costs of services based on a formula that accounts for population and service calls.
*JPA members’ municipal codes may include additional, local provisions which meet their unique needs, and they may exclude inapplicable provisions of the standard animal control ordinance.
Some of the animal services provided by the Marin Humane Society include:
Licensing and pet identification
Pick up and transportation of stray animals
Rescue of animals in distress
Follow-up on resident complaints
Response to calls involving sick, injured, dead or rabies-suspect wildlife