Ed Jamison

Director

Ed Jamison became the Director of Dallas Animal Services (DAS) in October of 2017. The animal situation in Dallas has been the center of scrutiny over the years because of large roaming dog populations, high-profile dog attacks and low save rates at the shelter. Dallas has the third largest intake in the United States, with over 39,000 dogs and cats coming into their care in 2019. Ed has been tasked with increasing public safety by getting loose animals off the streets, while at the same time increasing positive outcomes. To accomplish that, Ed is leading a staff of around 220 employees, maximizing relationships with the rescue community, rebuilding the volunteer base and instituting new, progressive programming. The newly launched Dallas 90 campaign is designed to help create a community where all people and animals are safe, treated with respect and have access to the resources needed to thrive. In 2018, even with record high intake, DAS realized a save rate of more than 90% for four consecutive months, which is a first for the department, and finished 2019 finding positive placement for just shy of 88% of all dogs and cats. Prior to coming to Dallas, Ed was the Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Cleveland, Ohio, but he entered the animal care and control world in the mid-2000s while he was the animal warden for the City of Garfield Heights, a suburb of Cleveland. In his time serving Cleveland, Ed made a push to redefine the way animal control functions and re-brand the public’s perception of the industry, along with the perception of pit-bull-type dogs. The award-winning, trademarked CITY DOGS Cleveland adoption and volunteer programs are flourishing and being copied throughout the country.