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Volunteers Needed at Gwinnett Animal Shelter

Several new initiatives designed to increase adoptions from the shelter are planned and the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Services needs your help.

Is one of your New Year's resolutions to give more of your time to the community? You may be in luck at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.

Due to several new initiatives and events designed to maximize the number of adoptions from the shelter, the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Services is in need of volunteers.

"The ultimate goal is to reduce euthanasia and find every adoptable pet a home," according to a news release from Gwinnett Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith. "Volunteers are an essential part of this goal, and we can’t do it without them." 

The shelter has several events and activities on the horizon, in addition to daily needs. Volunteers are needed in all of the following areas:

  • Walking dogs                                 
  • Handling cats and kittens
  • Cleaning and sanitizing
  • Assisting citizens bonding with animals they wish to adopt
  • Special events such as off-site adoptions, fund raisers, etc.
  • Clerical duties
  • Landscaping

Volunteers for the shelter must be 18 years of age, must pass a background check, and must be familiar and comfortable with animals.  The shelter hours of operation are Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. The shelter is closed Monday. Special event times and locations will vary.

For more information on this volunteer program and other volunteer opportunities with the Gwinnett County Police Department, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Lt. Christina Schiralli, at 770-513-5506 or email policevolunteers@gwinnettcounty.com.

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