Animal Control Director Jimmy Terrell is looking for volunteers.
Now that the new animal control shelter is open, Terrell is working to create a volunteer group called “Friends of the Shelter.”
Terrell says volunteers are an important asset for animal shelters and do a remarkable job helping the animals.
“Volunteers can help with almost every aspect of our operation. We are sure to have an opportunity that suits your interests and abilities,” he said. “Caring and dependable volunteers are always needed.”
Terrell said there are a number of different tasks available for volunteers including:
•assisting with adoptions. Greet visitors and help them select a pet to be part of their family. Provide the visitor with an adoption form, explain the process and educate potential adopters on shelter policies and procedures.
•caring for cats. Clean cat cages. Brush and socialize cats.
•walking dogs. Take dogs and puppies for walks and playtime.
•providing foster care. Provide a short-term home to shelter animals until they are adopted.
•helping at the front desk. Answer phones and assist with clerical work.
•assisting with general care. Spend an hour or more doing laundry, opening newspapers, providing animals with treats, etc.
•spreading information about the shelter. Help staff information booths at public gatherings.
Because dogs and cats in animal shelters are confined to limited space and cages, the isolation and restricted activity can cause health and behavior problems that affect the animals’ quality of life and chances for adoption, Terrell said.
In addition to volunteering at the shelter, Terrell said there are other ways to help as well.
Supplies and money to properly care for the 62 animals that enter the shelter weekly are always welcome. The Barrow County Animal Shelter has established a fund to provide needed items and equipment not included in the shelter’s operating budget. To contribute to this fund, make checks payable to the Barrow County Animal Shelter.
Additionally, donations of blankets and towels, kitty litter, animal treats and snacks, factory sealed packages of quality dry pet food and temporary outdoor wire pens are needed.
To join the Barrow County Animal Shelter volunteer team, individuals 17 years of age and older must complete an application. Youth ages 15-16 can volunteer but must be accompanied by a parent for all volunteer sessions.
After submitting an application, volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation session.
Anyone wishing to volunteer, should contact Animal Control Supervisor Missy Burrell at 770-307-4969.
“Volunteering is a meaningful way to make a difference in homeless animals’ lives,” Terrell said. “Volunteer walkers can provide the daily exercise, affection and socialization that confined animals need to stay healthy, happy and adoptable.”
The shelter will hold an open house on Oct. 14 from 3-5 p.m. Interested volunteers are encouraged to attend.
The Barrow County Animal Shelter is located at 610 Barrow Park Drive in Winder.