New resource officer joins Douglas County Animal Shelter staff

Liz (Byrd) Marino has joined the staff of Douglas County Animal Control Services in the newly-created position of Resource Officer.   The Douglas County Board of Commissioners recently authorized the position to increase the outreach programs of the Animal Shelter.

The Resource Officer is responsible for recruiting, coordinating and supervising the activities of animal shelter volunteers; coordinating animal adoptions with licensed rescue organizations; conducting outreach adoption and educational programs in the community; and working with various civic groups.  In addition, Mrs. Marino will be responsible for the marketing and promotion of shelter animals through the media, websites and other outlets.

 “I am very excited to be taking on this new challenge,” she said. “I am eager to get out into the community to encourage and educate people about the importance of having their pets spayed and neutered to help reduce the serious problem of animal overpopulation in our county. I encourage the community to visit the Douglas County Animal Shelter and adopt one of our wonderful animals that are looking for a loving, forever home.”

Mrs. Marino brings 15 years of experience in nonprofit program and volunteer management to the position along with over 15 years of experience in the communications field, having most recently worked for Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta and as a staff writer with the Douglas Neighbor newspaper.  She is a member of the Leadership Douglas Class of 2006.

Mrs. Marino earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications from the University of West Georgia and is a native of Carrollton.  She has lived in Douglas County since 1979 where she raised three children.  She and her husband, Nic, live in Villa Rica with their Jack Russell Terrier, Holly.

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