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Farmington Animal Control Officer Robin Loev plays with a puppy at the Farmington Animal Shelter on Tuesday.
- Oct 23:
- Farmington Regional Animal Shelter prepares to open next month
- Oct 22:
- City council approves new guidelines for animal shelter
- Farmington announces new executive director of regional animal shelter
- Jul 30:
- Local veterinarians, animal welfare advocates say teamwork a necessity on spay/neuter, animal welfare initiatives
- Jul 28:
- Farmington, San Juan County governments look at spay/neuter initiatives
- Jul 24:
- Farmington Animal Shelter scales back animal control in wake of cat, dog influx
- Jul 23:
- Farmington City Council discusses animal shelter plans, future
- Jul 21:
- Farmington City Council to discuss animal shelter conditions, plan for future
- Jul 16:
- Farmington Animal Services Advisory Commissioners discuss shelter operations, progress
- Jul 11:
- Farmington Animal Shelter at capacity, understaffed as officials search for a humane solution
- Jun 26:
- Animal shelter controversy continues at Farmington City Council amid funding, staffing concerns
- Jun 23:
- Farmington City Council to consider crematory at animal shelter, discuss project progress
- Jun 16:
- Farmington leaders celebrate progress at new animal shelter
- Jun 5:
- San Juan County agrees to pay more for regional animal shelter
- May 29:
- Farmington City Council approves animal shelter consultant
- May 15:
- Farmington Animal Shelter's first adoption special a success
- May 6:
- Farmington Animal Shelter to hold cat, kitten adoption special
- Apr 23:
- Water, electric utility hookups left out of Farmington Animal Shelter budget
- Feb 14:
- San Juan County, city officials and animal rights workers celebrate new animal shelter
- Jan 10:
- Farmington animal shelter presentation receives high praise, funding uncertain
- Jan 7:
- City Council to hear animal shelter improvement suggestions
- Nov 28:
- City Council approves construction on long-anticiapted animal shelter
- Nov 26:
- Farmington council approaches animal shelter decision
- Jul 16:
- Farmington Animal Shelter aims to find balance
- Jul 11:
- New Regional Animal Shelter plans unveiled
- Jul 8:
- Final public meeting for Farmington's animal shelter plans to be held Tuesday
- Jun 8:
- Farmington officials and residents plan new animal shelter
- Apr 4:
- Farmington chooses BDA Architecture for new animal shelter
- Mar 30:
- Farmington Animal Shelter has new, enthusiastic director
FARMINGTON — Farmington's animal shelter is reaching out to the community for help.
The shelter is filled to capacity, and volunteers and foster homes for pets are needed, said Marcy Eckhardt, a contractor with Pro-Shelter, which provides leadership and guidance to Farmington's Animal Services division.
"We need help giving (attention) to the animals, extra sets of hands searching for lost pets listed in the newspaper, help taking pictures for pet of the week ... We will embrace whatever they want to bring us," Eckhardt said.
Volunteers are also needed to play with dogs and take them for walks in the park, she said.
"We have a great play yard for the dogs," Eckhardt said.
The shelter's cats are in need of toys and attention as well, she said.
Volunteers who cannot commit to interacting with the shelter's animals can help with grant writing and data analysis and volunteer at adopt-a-thon events, Eckhardt said. They can also scan Craigslist for lost pet posts so that animals are matched with their owners instead of being adopted out to new homes.
"We have a small, core group of volunteers that take pictures for pet of the week and drive animals up to rescue groups," said Samantha Embry, volunteer coordinator at the shelter. "If anyone wants to become a volunteer, they should schedule a meeting (at the shelter).
Foster homes are needed for animals that are less than eight weeks old, Eckhardt said. Once the animals reach the eight week mark, they are able to be spayed or neutered and can then be put up for adoption.
The animal shelter's foster program is used to place animals that are temporarily unadoptable in homes until they can be adopted, according to an information packet provided by the shelter.
The shelter will provide all supplies for people interested in fostering a pet, including food, a crate and vaccinations.
"It gives us a chance to have some overflow space," Eckhardt said. "Right now, we're setting up (animal) transfers, but we need to open up space in the kennels."