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July 21, 2013

Animal shelter seeking volunteers

By BRIAN SMITH

Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter officials are looking for a few good volunteers to help with some of the facility’s programs in an attempt to continue keeping the shelter’s name visible in the community.

Director of Animal Services Dustin Deel said the shelter works with programs like Parker County Pets Alive and Parker Paws but maintains a network of about 30 individuals who take on some tasks like walking the dogs, taking photos to keep the shelter’s website accurate, assisting with spay and neutering services and grooming. Many of the day-to-day tasks such as cleaning cages and others are handled by the shelter staff.

“We don’t want our volunteers doing anything they’re not comfortable doing,” Deel said. “We’ll take all the help we can get.”

Volunteers are also a major face in the community, running the mobile events such as the one at the recent Parker County Peach Festival. Deel said that was a success, with seven animals being adopted out.

“There are staff members at the mobile events, but it’s the volunteers that make those events happen,” Deel said. “We were hoping for more always, but it’s seven animals that wouldn’t have been adopted otherwise.”

While the number of volunteers has increased in recent months, there is always room for more. Deel said the rules and regulations are fairly easy to follow. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and commit to at least four hours of service a month.

A registration form, which can be found on the shelter’s website at www.weatherfordtx.gov/animals, and a $5 fee for a background check must be submitted by anyone wishing to help. Volunteers are needed during shelter operating hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

As the volunteer program continues to expand, the need for volunteer hours could expand as well, Deel said.

For further information about the program, call the shelter at 817-598-4111.

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