The Mesquite Animal Shelter held a luncheon February 26, 2014 to honor its volunteer workforce who collectively gave over 4098 hours of service in 2014. This amounts to $105,939.90 in dollar hours volunteered.  The Mesquite Animal Shelter operates under the direction of the Mesquite Police Department.

Joe Macias, Animal Control Manager, gave the crowd a brief update about the amazing volunteers at the animal shelter. “We wouldn’t be able to do it without them, their hard work, compassion, and dedication. They give a huge amount of hours to the shelter,” Macias said.

Macias introduced guests, Chief Troy Tanner and Deputy Chief Scott Taylor of the Mesquite Police Department and Chief Jason Allswang, Animal Control of Clark County.

Joe introduced the 2014 volunteers of the year and presented them with certificates of appreciation.


Sandra Janssen with Joe Macias in background

Sandra Janssen has been a volunteer at the shelter since May of 2009. She works mainly with the dogs and brought to the shelter her many years of volunteering at other shelters before moving to Mesquite.

Mother and daughter team, Robin and Grace La Fontaine, have been with the shelter since August 2012. They work mainly in the cat room.

Volunteer Co- coordinator Joanne Migliozzi reviewed the 2014 shelter stats. These include 117 dogs adopted, 80 cats adopted and 138 dogs and 9 cats that were returned to their owners.

Shelter volunteers also gave 3708 hours of their time that was not included in the hours they spent at the animal shelter. These hours included transporting animals to rescues and veterinarians, speaking to outside agencies and participating in community activities while representing the Animal Shelter. Volunteers post available animals at the shelter and local grocery stores.

Volunteers also maintain the Petfinder website showing adoptable animals at the shelter, write and submit weekly articles to the media and provide available pet listings to the media. Volunteers maintain the shelter database showing animals at the shelter. Volunteers maintain/update Friends of Mesquite Animal Shelter and the Mesquite Animal Shelter Facebook pages.


Joe Macias Animal control Manager with Robin and Grace La Fontaine

Also in attendance were some of the many “rescue partners” the shelter is lucky to work with. These groups help by taking shelter animals into their organizations and finding homes for them. We have a wonderful network of rescues that we can work with to help the animals.

Rescue partners that attended were from We Care for Animals from Mesquite, HART, PAWS, and One More Chance Cats from St. George, BAM from Hurricane UT and Our Las Vegas Cat Connection from Las Vegas.

Volunteers are essential since they are an important source of loving care to the shelter animals. Each of our volunteers is truly special. They all come to the shelter with one goal in mind – to help find homes for every animal that comes through the shelter doors.