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Sadie's Place undergoes $400K in renovations

Vivian Aaron, a Furkids outreach coordinator, holds the latest puppy addition to the dog rescue shelter in south Forsyth County. (click for larger version)
June 24, 2014
ALPHARETTA, Ga. — One of the largest no-kill animal rescue shelters in the state has underwent a $400,000 renovation and has now reopened to the public.

Furkids, Sadie's Place, 1520 Union Hill Road, which was formerly known as SmallDog Rescue, kick started the improvements with a $100,000 matching donation from Choate Construction.

In January, the staff, along with dozens of volunteers, began a fundraising effort that resulted in the $400,000 renovation.

Furkids added "Sadie's Place" to their name after the Choate's dog Sadie passed away unexpectedly in May.

The shelter was started 13 years ago by Brenda Kyle.

Vivian Aaron, an outreach coordinator at Furkids, Sadie's Place, said she's pleased with how the renovations turned out.

"We used to have one vinyl tub with a wooden plank floor to wash all of our dogs in," Aaron said.

The shelter handles about 600 animals a day and prior to the renovations, the 34-year-old building was falling apart, Aaron said.

"We were sitting down for a meeting one night when a light on the ceiling fell and shattered," Aaron said.

"That was about the time we realized we needed to do some work around the place."

In addition to Choate's donation, General Electric donated a washer and dryer to the facility.

Aaron said the shelter is hoping for a $30,000 donation to be used for an on-site medical center.

The center would be used for spay and neuter surgeries.

Sadie's Place welcomes anyone to volunteer at the facility.

A volunteer application and a one-hour volunteer training session, held seven times a month, is required of all volunteers.

The shelter has around 500 volunteers, some more active than others.

After feeling comfortable around the animals, volunteers are welcome anytime, seven days a week.

"The animals don't take a day off," Aaron said. "We need the volunteers here every day."

The shelter is open to the public three days a week.

Adoptions can be made from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays and from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

"We are always looking for new animals," Aaron said. "We also welcome any donations, monetary or supplies."

Aaron said the shelter never turns down dogs.

"We take sick dogs, young dogs, old dogs and puppies," Aaron said.

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