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Animal Shelter To Hold Volunteer Orientation

on July 24, 2017 - 4:50pm

Getting ready to take home Casey, her newly adopted dog from the Los Alamos Animal Shelter is Debra Doty-Newell, left, with her niece, Rebecca Newell. Casey is one of 19 animals adopted since July 1 from the Shelter. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter is holding a Volunteer Orientation Session 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 in the Conference Room in Building 101 at Pajarito Cliffs, according to Shelter Manager Victoria Murphy.

Volunteers must be 18 or older and complete the Los Alamos County volunteer agreement and release of liability. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All current volunteers are being mentored by Shelter staff.

Murphy said 36 volunteers have already signed up under the County since the recent withdrawal of the Friends of the Shelter and she is looking forward to more sign-ups at the Aug. 11 event. All volunteers will receive a copy of the Shelter’s volunteer manual at the orientation.

Thirteen cats and six dogs have been adopted out since July 1, Murphy reported. Only one animal has been euthanized; a kitten suffering from feline infectious peritonitis, a fatal, incurable disease. All animals currently at the Shelter have been seen by a veterinarian, Murphy said.

​Shelter volunteers walk dogs, socialize cats, groom and bathe animals and foster animals that have been at the Shelter for long periods of time.

Shelters hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 505.662.8179.