People Power: Dan Woodruff
Position: Animal control officer with municipal police department (he’s the whole animal control department, actually) for Arab City, Alabama.
Community size: 8,000+
Annual intake: 300 animals
Annual budget: $3,000, which is about enough to cover electricity and water. Woodruff asks for food donations from citizens and local businesses.
How he got into the field: A 30-year veteran of the police force, Woodruff “thought animal control was going to be a 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. job, Monday through Friday. The guy that did it before me told me there was a lot more freedom and better hours …” he says with a chuckle. “He lied. He sold me this thing hook, line, and sinker. I’m never out of contact with work.” But when he started going to animal conferences in the state and learning more, Woodruff started loving the job—and he’s been at it for three years.