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Gwinnett animal shelter increased adoptions in 2012

LAWRENCEVILLE -- For the first time in its history, the Gwinnett County Animal Welfare and Enforcement Services had a greater number of animals "saved" than those which were euthanized. The number saved includes adoptions, rescues and pets reclaimed by owners.

The change in numbers can be attributed to a more robust volunteer program, a new partnership with Homeless Pet Clubs, an improved rescue group outreach program, and an increased number of special adoption events both at the shelter and in the community, classes for pets and owners and public education efforts, according to a release.

"While these numbers are encouraging, we still have a long way to go to meet our ultimate goal of having every adoptable pet that enters the shelter placed in a home," Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said. "This goal depends upon the help and cooperation of Gwinnett County citizens."

For more information on adopting a pet, visit www.gwinnettanimalcontrol.com.