This past year was a record setting one for Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Services.
For the first time in the department's history, the number of animals saved (adoptions, rescues and pets reclaimed by owners) was greater than the number euthanized.
Officials credit a more robust volunteer program, a new partnership with Homeless Pet Clubs, an improved rescue group outreach program, and an increased number of special adoption events both at the shelter and in the community, classes for pets and owners and public education efforts for the improvement.
"While these numbers are encouraging, we still have a long way to go to meet our ultimate goal of having every adoptable pet that enters the shelter placed in a home," said Gwinnett County Police Department public information officer Cpl. Jake Smith in a released statement. "This goal depends upon the help and cooperation of Gwinnett County citizens."
For more information on adopting a pet, please visit the shelter’s webpage at www.gwinnettanimalcontrol.com.
You can also visit the Buford Patch pets page for weekly articles featuring dogs and cats available for adoption at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter.