The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) partners with Sustainable Jersey staff to lead this Task Force. The Task Force focuses on fostering respect for and understanding of the relationships between animals, people, and our shared environment. The field of animal services operates within a complex and changing environment that requires an understanding of animal behavior, human behavior, and community behavior. Municipalities are responsible for addressing issues such as public health, public safety, and use of public resources as they relate to pet ownership and wildlife management. The work of this Task Force addresses companion or “pet” animal management as well as wildlife species protection and habitat management in our communities.