Animal Resources and Care Volunteers and Upcoming Special Meeting on Animal Care

Due to severe overcrowding, volunteers are desperately needed at the Alachua County Animal Resources and Care (AR&C) shelter. 

Volunteer opportunities include dog walker, cat cuddler, dog wrangler, animal photographer, dog play group attendant, transporting animals, enrichment facilitator, adoption counselor, off-site adoption event assistant, foster parenting, and facilitating doggy day outings.

To volunteer, please fill out the online registration form. Once you submit the form, you will be sent a zoom link to the mandatory zoom orientation. Currently, orientations are scheduled for Saturday, June 18, and Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.

“We are so grateful for the help from our volunteers and other animal care agencies,” commented AR&C Acting Director Nikki Healy. “My hope is that folks will use this new streamlined volunteer application to join us in caring for the animals in our severely overcrowded shelter.”

Special Meeting on June 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Alachua County Commission will conduct a Special Meeting to discuss Alachua County Animal Resources and Care and the current animal overcrowding at the shelter. The meeting is Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at 5 p.m. at the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, Gainesville). 

Originally, the meeting was to be held on June 21, at 1:30 p.m. After hearing from multiple interested parties that an evening meeting was preferred to facilitate more community participation, the meeting time was changed. The new meeting time will also enable a more detailed presentation from Animal Resources and Care Acting Director Nikki Healy.

For more information, contact Alachua County Communications Director Mark Sexton at 352-264-6979 or msexton@alachuacounty.us.

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