Shelter Staff & History
The Daphne Police Department employs two civilian Animal Control Officers (ACO's) & one Animal Control Technician. Animal Control Officers provide an important community service by appearing before school groups, senior citizen groups and/or other community groups to discuss animal control topics or show breeds of dogs & cats of interest.
ACO's are also responsible for responding to animal-related complaints, investigating animal cruelty cases, reports of rabid animals & animal bites. The Animal Control Officers also enforce the city's leash law & animal control ordinances regulating dogs & cats. In addition, they capture stray & lost animals and issue citations.
Animal Control works closely with other animal service organizations such as The Haven, Baldwin Animal Rescue Center (BARC) and other local rescue groups.
Daphne Police Department Lieutenant Reginald Ardis manages & oversees the day to day operations of the Daphne Animal Shelter, as well as the Communications & Corrections divisions.
History of the Daphne Animal Shelter
The Daphne Animal Shelter was established in 1989. When the city’s population reached 5,000 residents, city government was obligated by state law to operate Animal Control within the city limits.
From 1969-1989, Dr. Albert Corte, D.V.M. & his staff at Highland Animal Hospital operated as the animal shelter for the City of Daphne. Dr. Corte is credited with volunteering his services to Daphne’s neediest animals for over 40 years. He cared for sick, injured, stray & lost animals within the City & surrounding communities. Dr. Corte, the sole veterinarian in Daphne in 1967, also helped to adopt homeless, sick, injured & unwanted animals when their owners could not be found.
In 1989, the City of Daphne, with the help of dedicated volunteers, played a vital role in helping establish the Daphne Animal Shelter, and in January 2009, the City recognized Dr. Corte for over 40 years of volunteerism on behalf of animals in the community.
The current shelter bears the name “Dr. Albert Corte, Jr. Animal Shelter” in honor of Dr. Corte’s generosity in donating uncounted hours of care & medicines to homeless animals in Daphne. Dr. Corte’s hope for the future is to see "friends continue support of the Animal Shelter” in Daphne to help further the humane & ethical treatment of animals in the community.
Dr. Corte’s selfless acts on behalf of animals is deserving of Meritorious Service for his invaluable contributions & for providing a much needed service. His enthusiasm, energy & tireless dedication for serving all of the City of Daphne is recognized. Help continue the life- long work of local veterinarian Dr. Albert Corte, Jr. by caring for & adopting one of Daphne’s homeless animals.