During our November 13th council meeting, the City of Doraville issued a proclamation recognizing November 5-11, 2023 as the National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week.
In 1996, the Humane Society of the United States designated this week to appreciate the work of the 35,000 animal shelters across the U.S. serving 6–8 million homeless animals who need refuge. Many animals find themselves in need of services provided by local rescue groups.
Earlier this year, the City of Doraville partnered with LifeLine Animal Project to offer a free vaccination event for pets in the Doraville area. Mayor Geierman recognized Jen Simmons as one of the key volunteers for this Healthy Pets event. Without volunteers like Jenn, this event and the benefits provided it provided would not have been possible.
In accepting this award, Jenn Simmons first took a moment to honor her own rescue pups, Super Cooper the Pitbull and Hank Williams the Regal Beagle. She then emphasized the importance of the rescue groups, and she gave us three actionable steps we can take to support the efforts of the shelters:
- Take advantage of the low-cost veterinary care available at LifeLife.
- Adopt or foster an animal from a rescue or shelter organization.
- Educate your neighbors on the importance of spaying and neutering pets and the TNR program that LifeLine has.
It takes a special kind of person to lead this mission. We thank Jenn and all the volunteers like her for their work. Watch the full presentation here.