Animal Resources and Care Volunteers and Upcoming Special Meeting on Animal Care

Due to overcrowding, volunteers are desperately needed at the Alachua County Animal Resources and Care (AR&C) shelter.

Volunteer opportunities include dog walkers, cat cuddlers, dog trainers, pet photographers, dog playgroup attendants, pet transport, enrichment facilitators, adoption, off-site adoption event assistants, foster parents and dog outings.

To become a volunteer, please complete the online registration form. Once you submit the form, you will receive a zoom link to the required zoom orientation. Currently, orientations are scheduled for Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.

“We are very grateful for the help of our volunteers and other animal care agencies,” commented AR&C Acting Director Nikki Healy. “I hope people will use this new, simplified volunteer app to join us in caring for the animals in our very overcrowded shelter.”

Special meeting on June 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Alachua County Commission will host a special meeting to discuss Alachua County animal care and resources and the current animal overpopulation at the shelter. The meeting is Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 5 p.m. at the Alachua County Administration Building (12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville).

The meeting was originally scheduled to take place on June 21 at 1:30 p.m. After hearing from several interested parties that an evening meeting was preferable to facilitate greater community participation, the meeting time was changed . The new meeting time will also allow for a more detailed presentation from Nikki Healy, Acting Director of Animal Resources and Care.

For more information, contact Alachua County Communications Director Mark Sexton at 352-264-6979 or [email protected]

Benjamin M. Yerger