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CASA GRANDE — Pets In Need Action League is looking for a few volunteers to help the organization with various tasks.

A volunteer accountant as well as pet owners for its Canines with Class program are both needed.

“We’re lacking the number of handler-dog teams necessary to provide the content as it should be presented, and we’re optimistically anticipating returning to at least some in-person classroom presentations when the schools reopen,” said Lynda Nesbitt, president of the organization.

Pets In Need Action League was created in 2013 with the slogan “Keeping pets and people together” and it works to address the reasons why animals wind up in animal shelters.

In some cases, pet owners are unable financially to feed, care for or sterilize an animal. PINAL’s volunteers work with area pet owners to solve those issues through its various programs.

In PINAL’s Canines with Class program, teams of animal owners and dogs visit third grade students in the area to talk about pet care, responsibility, compassion, safety and the responsibility that comes with animal ownership.

The group also coordinates with area veterinarians to offer spay and neutering clinics for cats and dogs and works with food banks and distribution events to provide dog and cat food for area residents unable to purchase food for their animals.

In an average month, the nonprofit, volunteer-run organization serves about 100 pet owners and 200 pets, including dogs and cats.

“Last year alone we distributed more than 8,500 pounds of pet food,” Nesbitt said.

PINAL works with food banks at six different locations in Casa Grande, Arizona City, Coolidge, Stanfield, Eloy and Florence.

An accounting volunteer is needed to work from home about six hours a month.

Familiarity with QuickBooks and prior accounting experience are required and nonprofit accounting experience is desirable but not required, Nesbitt said.

“The position would be ideal for a retired person,” she said.

Those who want to help may call 520-582-0299 or send an email to info@pinalpets.org.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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