Gina Piner

“The best part of volunteering is feeling like I make a difference in the live release rate.” - Gina Piner, 2014 Bill McCart Volunteer of the Year Award recipient

We are proud to recognize Gina Piner as the 2014 Bill McCart Volunteer of the Year for Arlington Animal Services. Gina has been an Animal Services Center volunteer for 11 years and she spends at least 21 hours a week taking photographs of all of the adoptable animals posted at for citizens to view. Gina’s diligent efforts ensure that each animal is pictured on this website. The service she provides allows owners to see if their lost animal is at the center, as well as giving potential adopters the opportunity to view adoptable pets from their home.

Gina serves as a Networking Volunteer Coordinator that assists new volunteers that sign up to assist with pet portal photography. She is a great asset to Animal Services, and a leader who always has a smile on her face. Gina’s favorite quote is, “We’re off like a herd of turtles!” which exemplifies her fun and enthusiastic personality. She says, “The best part of volunteering is feeling like I make a difference in the live release rate.”

Animal Services Volunteer Administrator Cheri Colbert stated, “We need more volunteers like Gina who are committed and consistent. She can be counted on because she is passionate about the animals at Arlington Animal Services.”

Congratulations Gina!

30 Seconds with Gina Piner

  1. What’s your name? Gina Piner
  2. Nick name? I don’t have a nick name.
  3. How long have you been a volunteer? 10+ years
  4. Where are you from? I am originally from Midland, but moved to Arlington in 1973.
  5. What music CD do you like? Any Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, or Allison Krause, and ALL of the old-time Crooners…Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, etc…
  6. What’s the last movie you saw? Trip to Bountiful
  7. What’s your favorite animal? Dogs
  8. What’s your favorite reality show? The Voice
  9. What book are you reading right now? There’s no time in my life right now for book reading.
  10. Where was your last vacation? The North Carolina Coast
  11. What’s your favorite quote or saying? We’re off like a herd of turtles!
  12. What’s your favorite hobby? Dog Rescue
  13. How much time do you spend volunteering per week? 21 hours
  14. What do you enjoy most about volunteering? I enjoy doing whatever I can that will help increase live release rates.