Volunteers needed for reopened shelter

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By Beth Braden

JACKSBORO—Mike Aiken, director at the Adrion W. Baird Animal Center, says he is blessed by support he has received since taking the helm at the center in August.

“I have been blessed with wonderful help,” he said.

The shelter was shuttered for four months earlier this year after allegations of animal mistreatment.

Last week, Aiken released a statement asking for volunteers to help with cleaning kennels and feeding animals, especially in the morning before the shelter opens.

“We would just like to have a back log of volunteers we can call upon,” Aiken said.

Aiken said he can work around his volunteers’ schedules.

The shelter is also in need of donations of puppy food, cat litter, chew toys and cat and kitten food, according to the release.

Local animal rescue groups have also been in the shelter to pull adoptable animals for rescue.

In this month alone, 38 animals have already been rescued from the shelter. Several more are available for adoption.

“I cannot say enough good things about the people in this county who do the rescue,” Aiken said.

The shelter is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Anybody interested in volunteering or learning more about the shelter’s work to raise adoption and rescue awareness can call 566-1892.