Carbon County is looking for five volunteers to help at the K-9 shelter.
Randall Smith, county administrator, said Tuesday during a meeting with various animal organizations, that the county is hoping to build its volunteer pool at the shelter. Volunteers can do a variety of things, including walking, feeding or grooming the dogs; working to make the animals more adoptable; or even some renovation work on the building that is needed.
Last week, the county hired a second part-time shelter officer, Rebecca Bailey, who will be in charge of the volunteer program.
Smith said the volunteers will need to fill out an application, which can be obtained at the shelter.
The application asks about experience with animals, availability and what the volunteer would like to do at the shelter.
To obtain an application, call the shelter at (570) 325-4828 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (soon to be 6 p.m.), Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., on Saturdays, and ask for Rebecca Bailey. If she is not there at that time, leave a message and she will return your call.
In other related shelter matters, Smith also reported that the county is making some changes to the shelter, including extending hours to make it more convenient for people who work and want to adopt; cleaning the grounds of the shelter; doing renovations to the existing building; and trying to create an inviting atmosphere for the animals and potential adopters.
Pat Bach, a member of the Carbon Animal Response Team, asked if it was possible for the shelter to hold adoption days.
Smith said he would bring that up to his colleagues.
Donna Crum, another member of CART, said that the county really needs to work to build relationships with other rescues out of the county.
She also asked about the euthanizing of dogs.
Smith said that the policy has been changed and dogs cannot be euthanized without receiving the county's permission to do so first.
The K-9 shelter is located near the top of the Broad Mountain at 63 Broad Street, Nesquehoning.