Genesee County Animal Control receives Outside the Box award

GENESEE COUNTY – The Genesee County Board of Commissioners recently announced the Genesee County Animal Control has been recognized by the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance for their Volunteer Training Program.

The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance has seen value in the continued “out of the box” thinking being exhibited by our Animal Control Director and Staff in training and including volunteers in their operations. The Genesee County Animal Control continues to make strides in ensuring that their organization is a standard that other communities can follow.

The award includes a plaque and a $1,000 cash donation to the operations at Animal Control.

The GCAC volunteer training program is designed to set up new volunteers for success and to offer ongoing training for the entire volunteer force. This program is for hands-on volunteers who are walking, socializing, and training dogs. It is a multi-tiered color-coded system of training checklists, classes, and experience. There are four levels offered and each can be achieved at the volunteer’s own desire and pace. A professional trainer conducts seven different classes onsite, free of charge. Levels are designed to meet the different behavioral needs of the dogs and to keep volunteers safe during the process.

“We have seen a tremendous turnaround in operations at Animal Control over the last 3 years,” said Chairman Mark Young of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners. “It is good to see the hard working staff at the Shelter getting the recognition they deserve.” – G.G.

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