Commission of Animal Control and Welfare meeting

Thursday, November 10, 2022

In this page:


    Michael Angelo Torres; Irina Ozernoy, Jane Tobin, Iris Chan, Annemarie Fortier; Nina Irani; Dr. Brian Van Horn, DVM; Executive Director Virginia Donohue, SF ACC; Christopher Campbell, RPD; Officer Gregory Sutherland, SFPD


    1. Call to order and roll call (Action Item)
    2. General public comment (Discussion Item)

      Members of the public may address the Commission with comments on items within the Commission’s jurisdiction other than items on the agenda.

    3. Approval of draft minutes from the October 2022 meeting (Discussion/Action Item)
    4. Chairperson's and commissioners' reports (Discussion Item)

      Commissioners’ reports regarding recent activities in the community involving animal issues that have been discussed by the Commission in the past. 

    5. Old business

      A. Shock-Free San Francisco [Discussion/Action Item] [Commissioners Tobin and Torres] The Commission will vote on their letter of support for proposed legislation banning dog training shock collars in San Francisco.

      B. Animal Care and Control Admissions Policy [Discussion Item] [Commissioner Torres] The Commission will continue the discussion concerning Department of Animal Care and Control’s admissions policy regarding healthy cats and kittens. “The Needs of San Francisco’s Homeless Cats” and “Cat Pathway Planning” presenters from the September and October Commission meetings will be invited to make statements and respond to questions from the Commissioners.

      C. Reporting from Animal Care & Control [Discussion Item] [Commissioner Torres and Executive Director Virginia Donohue] Animal Care & Control will report regarding outcomes for animals and ongoing operations and present the July – September 2022 Quarterly Report.

      D. Commission Governance [Discussion/Action Item] [Commissioner Torres] The Commission will vote on officers for 2023. 

    6. Items to be put on the agenda for future commission meetings (Discussion Item)
    7. Adjournment

    Date & Time

    Thursday, November 10, 2022
    5:30 pm


    November 10th meeting


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