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Gwinnett Animal Shelter to host 24-hour pet ownership event

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Animal Shelter is gearing up for a 24-hour event dubbed the “Pet Revolution.”

From 7 p.m. Friday through 7 p.m. Saturday, the shelter will host several activities as part of the event, which encourages responsible pet ownership and pet adoptions and raises money for the shelter.

“The purpose of the event is to definitely increase awareness about homeless pets,” said Erin Barbely, the organizer of the “Run Fur Their Lives 5K” race. “The Gwinnett County Animal Shelter takes in about 15,000 animals or more a year and only about a third of that make it out of the shelter.”

The shelter will be open overnight for people to visit and interact with animals, adopt and reclaim pets. Several animal rescue groups are expected to attend the event with pets available for adoption.

Activities include the 5K race, a “Kitty Crawl Fun Run,” the “Bone To Be Wild” motorcycle ride, educational seminars, a vaccination clinic, a shelter scavenger hunt, an artisan market, games, food and more.

“This will be a really, really fun event,” Barbely said. “There are going to be a lot of things going on. It’s sure to be a lot of fun for everyone.”

The event will also encourage pet owners to spay or neuter their animals.

“A lot of people spay and neuter their pets but a lot of people still don’t consider the importance of the fact that animals will breed,” Barbely said. “It’s just easier if you spay/neuter your pet so there aren’t homeless pets out there that need saving.”

For more information on the Pet Revolution, including activity times, visit www.gwinnettanimalcontrol.com.