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New director named for Forsyth County Animal Shelter
Cynthia Iacopella

A shelter run by the Forsyth County government has a new watchdog.

Cynthia Iacopella has been named manager of the Forsyth County Animal Shelter, effective June 19. Her duties will include supervising, coordinating and managing the daily activities of the animal shelter personnel, said Jodi Gardner, county spokeswoman, in a news release.

She will also be responsible for the “oversight of animal care, upkeep of the animal shelter facility, the animal adoption process and the shelter’s community outreach program.”

“[She] brings to the position more than 20 years in the animal welfare industry,” Gardner said. “Most recently, she served as director of adoption for Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. Her previous experience also includes serving as director for Animal Care and Control of New York City.”

Iacopella has worked at zoos and an animal rehabilitation center. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical anthropology and associate degrees in liberal arts and wildlife science and education.

“Her vast experience working with animals in many different capacities will be valuable as the shelter continues its focus on providing high-quality animal care and maximizing the placement of adoptable animals,” Interim County Manager Tim Merritt said.

The shelter is located just off Ga. 400 at 4065 County Way in north Forsyth and is open for adoptions Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about adoptions or other shelter services, call (678) 965-7185 or visit