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Gwinnett animal shelter holding special adoption event

A male kitten pokes a paw through a cage at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter on Friday night. The kitten was one of more than 200 pets available for adoption during the 24-hour Pet Revolution event Friday and Saturday. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

A male kitten pokes a paw through a cage at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter on Friday night. The kitten was one of more than 200 pets available for adoption during the 24-hour Pet Revolution event Friday and Saturday. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

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A male cat sits behind a sign announcing “I can be adopted today!!!” during the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter’s Pet Revolution event Friday, which continues through 7 p.m. today. (Staff Photo: Deanna Allen)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Adopting a pet from the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter has never been more convenient with the “Pet Revolution,” a 24-hour adoption and awareness event going on at the facility this weekend.

The event started at 7 p.m. Friday, continuing overnight and into Saturday morning and will wind down at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

Dawn Munson, a Snellville resident, took advantage of the after-hours event Friday to look for a dog to adopt. She recently lost one of her two beloved pets.

“This was more convenient because of it being in the evening,” Munson said.

“A lot of those people that say, ‘I just can’t make it by 4 o’clock,’ this is their weekend,” shelter director Chip Moore said, “because we are going to be open all night.”

Moore said more than 200 animals are available for adoption during the event at the shelter alone. Several animal rescue organizations and other area shelters will be on hand offering adoptions, as well.

“If we empty the entire shelter, that would make me happy,” Moore said. “Is that reality? I would say it is, I mean, we’re doing this for 24 hours, why not?”

A number of events are also planned.

The Society of Humane Friends Georgia will hold a vaccination clinic at the shelter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Vaccinations will be administered on a first come, first serve basis and no registration is required. Vaccinations are $10 while supplies last and microchipping will be available for $20.

Additional activities on Saturday include:

  • 8 a.m. — “Run Fur Their Lives” 5K road race, with registration closing at 7 a.m., $25 registration fee
  • 9 a.m. — Registration for “Bone to be Wild” motorcycle ride opens at Lawrenceville Honda Yamaha, 175 Park Access Drive in Lawrenceville, $20 per motorcycle/driver and $5 for passengers, 10 a.m. ride start time
  • 11 a.m. — Dog Bite Prevention
  • Noon — Basic Dog Obedience presented by Trish with Boneafied Dog Training
  • 1 p.m. — Fostering 101 presented by Jaclyn Nguyen, rescue coordinator for Gwinnett County Animal Welfare & Enforcement Center
  • 1 p.m. — Shelter Scavenger Hunt
  • 1 p.m. — Ugliest pet contest
  • 1:30 p.m. — Pet/owner look-a-like contest
  • 2 p.m. — Closet dash contest
  • 2:30 p.m. — Best pet costume contest

All activities are at the shelter unless otherwise noted.

Adoption fees for dogs adoped from the shelter is $XX and cats are $xx.

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