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Low cost vaccines offered to Gwinnett County pets

Low cost vaccines offered to Gwinnett County pets

SUWANEE, Ga. -- A low-cost vaccination clinic will be open on Saturday in Suwanee. 

Offered to anyone needing to protect their pet from potential illness, the clinic will offer rabies shots, distemper shots, bordetella shots, heartworm tests and microchips. The fees range from $10 - $25. 

The clinic will be at the Georgia SPCA, at 1175 Buford Highway. Proceeds will go towards the animals at the SPCA. 

The Kitten Patch to save feline lives with adoption event

The Kitten Patch to save feline lives with adoption event

DULUTH, Ga. -- Organizations Planned Pethood and Companion Animal Rescue League (CARL) will team up to host an adoption event, The Kitten Patch in Gwinnett County. 

A spokeswoman for the event said those behind the adoption day hope the lives of kittens will be saved as kittens can be adopted on site. 

The event is set for Friday, June 21 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Planned Pethood, which is located at 2860 Buford Highway in Duluth. 

Along with adoptions, the organizations are featuring a DJ, activities for kids, hamburgers and hot dogs and a bake sale. 

Gwinnett 'Feed a Friend' program to help pets through Moore, Okla. recovery

Gwinnett 'Feed a Friend' program to help pets through Moore, Okla. recovery

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Following Monday's tornado that destroyed much of  Moore, Oklahoma, Gwinnett County Animal & Welfare Program is working to get food and other needs to pets in the storm-stricken area.

A Gwinnett official said it's their way of helping keep families together that are victims of the recent storm. Gwinnett units will collect pet food and pet supplies through a drive, then ship them to the only animal shelter still functioning in Moore. 

The shelter in Moore has been flooded with displaced pets, which need to be cared for until the shelter matches them with their families. 

Gwinnett Police name new animal welfare manager

Gwinnett Police name new animal welfare manager

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Charles "Chip" Moore has been appointed manager of Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section of the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Police Chief Charles Walters chose Moore for the job after conducting two nationwide searches. Moore's first day in his new role was Mar. 30.

The job won't be too difficult for Moore to fill -- prior to his appointment, he was serving as interim manager.

"Over the last 13 months, Chip has exhibited the highest quality leadership and concern for the needs of Gwinnett County citizens and employees of the shelter," Walters said in a statement. "His appointment is a key factor in the continual improvement of the Animal Welfare and Enforcement Section."

Under Moore's temporary leadership, the county's animal volunteer program grew, and Gwinnett saw an increase in adoption rates and decrease in euthanasia rates.

Families, four-legged friends invited to Run for the Rescues

Families, four-legged friends invited to Run for the Rescues

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The third annual Run for the Rescues 5k will run Saturday, March 23 in Suwanee Town Center Park.

The Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals invites all families, including canine family members to participate. The run aims to benefit homeless pets. 

A festival will be held along with the race from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., including food and drinks, arts and crafts, inflatables for kids and treats for digs and runners. Sample products will be available for purchase. Georgia SPCA will also do frisbee demonstrations and give training tips and CSC testing. 

Dogs can compete in various contests, including longest tail, longest ears, best trick, and more. 

For more information, visit the Run for the Rescues website. 

Animal shelter needs volunteers

Animal shelter needs volunteers

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter has recently taken in several pets and needs volunteers to help care for the new additions.

Volunteers will help in a number of ways, including walking dogs, handling cats, cleaning and sanitizing, working at fundraisers, and helping potential owners bond with the pets they choose.

Anyone who's interested in working at the shelter must be at least 18 years old and pass a background check.

The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Contact Christina Schiralli at 770-513-5506 or policevolunteers@gwinnettcounty.com for more information.

Family members with four legs to have pictures with Santa

Family members with four legs to have pictures with Santa

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- The Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Shelter is offering an opportunity for pets during the holidays.

On December 15, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., pets can have their photos taken with Santa, as well as animal cookies. Pet owners can join their animals in the photo. There will be cookies and hot chocolate available.

Appointments can be made by calling the shelter at (770) 339-3200. An 8"X10" photo costs $10, and a CD Rom costs $5. All proceeds benefit the shelter and efforts to help animals.

Along with the photography event, the shelter is promoting adoptions through December 25, by offering a discounted spay/neuter fee of $30.