Long Beach will host a community meeting on Sunday, March 3, to kick off the process of developing a strategic plan for the city’s Animal Care Services.

The workshop will serve as a way for city officials to gather input from residents on the animal shelter’s long-term direction. Some points of discussion will be the department’s mission, its impact in the community and how it’s planning for the future.

The agenda for the meeting will include:

An overview of the strategic planning process;

An introduction of the Mayor’s Animal Care Visioning Task Force;

An introduction of the consulting firm JVR Shelter Strategies, LLD, including Principal Consultant Jyothi Robertson, who will help guide the creation of the Long Beach Animal Care Services Strategic Plan.

Animal Care Services is going under some changes, as the department responds to a two-part city audit that made 186 recommendations for how the shelter should improve its operations. Recently, the shelter welcomed a new manager, Staycee Dains, after her predecessor Ted Stevens became a recreation superintendent with the city.

The meeting will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, at the El Dorado Park West Community Center, 2800 Studebaker Road. For more information, call Dains at (562) 570-3051.

—Hayley Munguia

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