Mayor Greggory D. Hull is seeking City Council support to rebrand/rename the City’s animal-related services, and clarify and expand the oversight of these services to better align with proposals for new programs and animal-related initiatives.
“What I am proposing was developed through listening and gathering input from Rio Rancho’s passionate animal advocates, soliciting input from City staff, and through my own first-hand experiences,” said Mayor Hull.
At the Governing Body’s Sept. 11 meeting, Mayor Hull will introduce legislation seeking to amend Municipal Code in relation to renaming/rebranding the Rio Rancho Animal Control Division to the Rio Rancho Animal Resource Center (RRARC), and clarify that oversight of associated functions and services is pursuant to the City Manager (or their designee).
Greater flexibility regarding the direct oversight of local government-related animal services is intended to help facilitate a variety of proposed animal-related program goals and initiatives. For many years, the Police Department has overseen all aspects of local government’s animal-related functions and services.
New programs and initiatives Mayor Hull will be advocating for include the establishment of a volunteer animal care program and enhanced participation in community and surrounding area animal adoption events.
“As mayor, one of my City Charter duties is to propose programs and policies to the City Council.” Mayor Hull said. “What I am advocating for is intended to contribute to a reduction in euthanasia rates and increase the adoption rates and comfort of those animals when local government becomes responsible for care.”