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 due to large roaming dog populations, high-profile dog attacks and low positive save rates from the shelter. With over 39,000 dogs and cats entering DAS’s care last year, Dallas has the third largest intake in the United States. Ed has been tasked with increasing public safety by getting lost animals off the streets while at the same time increasing positive outcomes. To accomplish that, Ed is leading a staff of more than 200 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, are treated with respect and have access to the resources needed to thrive. Even with record high intake, DAS is on track to finish this fiscal year with a save rate of over 90%, which is a first for the department. Prior to coming to Dallas, Ed was the Chief Animal Control Officer for the City of Cleveland, Ohio. 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 rebrand the public’s perception of the industry, along with pit-bull-type dogs. The award-winning, trademarked CITY DOGS Cleveland adoption and volunteer programs are flourishing and being copied throughout the country.