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Annual reading program features veteran and his service dog

Annual reading program features veteran and his service dog
Gwinnett County Public Library is proud to announce New York Times bestselling author Luis Carlos Montalván, a 17-year veteran and former U.S. Army captain, as the featured author for the 2014 One Book, One Community countywide reading program.
 
Montalván will be joined by his beloved service dog, Tuesday, for events on September 20 and 21.
 
Montalván and Tuesday will kick off the 2014 Suwanee Fest on Saturday, September 20 at 9 am as grand marshals for the Suwanee Fest Parade.
 
At 11:30 am on the Town Center Stage, Montalván will read from his children’s book, “Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog,” which details a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire as narrated by Tuesday.

SafetySmart Lilburn to hold rabies clinic

SafetySmart Lilburn to hold rabies clinic

LILBURN, Ga. -- Lilburn pet owners are invited to attend a rabies clinic at City Hall this weekend.

The clinic, which is sponsored by SafetySmart Lilburn, will be Saturday, Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Dr. Star Gregory from Zutilla Veterinary Housecalls will give $10 rabies shots to all pets in attendance. Dogs must be on a leash, while cats must be controlled.

Lilburn City Hall is located at 76 Main Street.

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. 

Camp Woof to host vaccination clinic

Camp Woof to host vaccination clinic

NORCROSS, Ga. -- The Georgia SPCA will hold a low-cost vaccination clinic for pet owners this weekend.

The clinic will be Saturday, May 18 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Camp Woof in Norcross.

Rabies, distemper and bordetella shots will be only $10 each. Heartworm testing for dogs and microchipping for all pets will be $25.

Camp Woof is located at 4590 Buford Highway.

Visit georgiaspca.org for more information.

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.

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.