Gwinnett Animal Welfare receives grant from Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society has awarded Gwinnett’s Animal Welfare and Enforcement Division a $50,000 grant to help keep animals out of the shelter and in loving homes.

The grant aims to manage and ultimately decrease the number of shelter intakes by at least 20 percent in 2019 – 2020. Many people surrender their pets for financial reasons, an inability to pay for food, veterinary care, or even leashes. The $50,000 Best Friends grant will be used to help operate a new mobile unit that will remotely perform vaccinations, spay/neutering, and microchips and provide educational assistance that will encourage people to keep their pets.

The funding will allow Animal Welfare staff and volunteers to canvass targeted neighborhoods in Snellville, Lawrenceville, and Norcross and assist families thinking of surrendering their pet to the county.

Gwinnett Animal Welfare anticipates receiving about 7,100 animals in 2019. It typically adopts out about 96 percent of the animals it receives, one of the highest rates in the Southeast.

Best Friends Animal Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting pet adoptions, no-kill animal rescue, and spay and neuter practices.

Please follow Gwinnett Animal Shelter on Facebook @GwinnettAnimalShelter to view a video about the program or visit the Animal Welfare webpage at www.GwinnettAnimalWelfare.com to learn information including available pets, adoption specials, and events.

The Gwinnett Animal Welfare is located at 884 Winder Highway in Lawrenceville.