(Lawrenceville, Ga., Sept. 11, 2020) – Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement last month received a Lifesaving Award for Collective Impact from Best Friends Animal Society, a national no-kill animal welfare organization.

Best Friends Animal Society honored Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement for its outstanding ability to support partner organizations and work collaboratively toward a common goal. Best Friends Southeast Region Senior Manager Carrie Ducote praised Gwinnett County’s high save rate and initiative to mentor, train and support other shelters in the state.

The County consistently maintains at least a 90 percent animal placement rate, saving approximately 96 percent of the animals in its care last year and 95 percent this year to date.

The team at Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement has also assisted other local shelters with best practices, grown its rescue and foster family partners, increased their community education and outreach programs, hosted vaccination clinics and hired an animal behaviorist within the past year.

Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement Division Director Alan Davis said he and his staff appreciate the recognition of their hard work and dedication.

“We strive to provide animals a safe and healthy environment, encourage responsible pet ownership and maintain a healthy pet population,” Davis said. “We feel honored to receive this prestigious award, which encourages us to continue our efforts to create a compassionate animal-friendly community.”

Each year Best Friends Animal Society recognizes animal welfare groups across the country in its 3,000-plus network that best support its mission to create a no-kill nation by saving animals and building community partnerships and programs. Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement, a member since 2017, was one of 12 animal welfare organizations selected for its outstanding work this year.

For more information about Gwinnett Animal Welfare and Enforcement, including current adoption hours and fees, visit and follow on Facebook  @GwinnettAnimalShelter. For more information about Best Friends Animal Society and the Lifesaving Award for Collective Impact, visit

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