Animal shelter to open doors in August



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — As July rolls around, the finishing touches are being made to the new Forsyth County Animal Shelter.

The approximately 13,700-square-foot facility broke ground on March 20 and will replace the current shelter located at 1904 Atlanta Road and run managed by Orr Animal Hospital.

The new shelter will be located on County Way off Ga. 400 in northern Forsyth County.

Lance White, CEO of an Alpharetta-based pet rescue group and a member of the Forsyth County Animal Control and Shelter Advisory Committee, said the new facility will open Aug.1.

“We’re right on schedule for everything,” White said. “Depending on the County Commissioners and their schedules, the ribbon-cutting should take place at either 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Aug. 1.”

The design of the shelter was completed by RKS Green Consulting and Shelterplanners. The general contractor for the project is CRS Building Corporation.

Chris Peninger was recently hired as the shelter’s manager to supervise, coordinate and manage the daily activities of the animal shelter personnel.

Peninger is an experienced animal welfare professional with more than 20 years of training and experience in the fields of animal sheltering, community outreach and administration.

There are several positions they are looking to fill before the facility opens, White said.

There are seven total positions open including one veterinarian technician, four kennel technicians and two administrative staff persons.

“We will also welcome volunteers to help out at the shelter,” White said. “Our goal is to have a great staff so we can eventually start fostering from our facility.”

To ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the facility, the Animal Control and Shelter Advisory Committee was formed. Other members include Chairman Dr. John McGruder, Forsyth County Commissioner Todd Levent, Dr. Orr, Kathy Genovese, Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt and the county’s Cindy Henderson.

The committee has held several meetings to discuss the plans of the facility.

The committee is satisfied with the way the construction is going, White said.

“I am really happy with all of the products and services that we have used and I am really eager to see the finished product,” White said. “We are all really satisfied to have a state-of-the-art animal control facility.”

The next committee meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 30 in the Commissioners Conference Room at the Forsyth County Administration Building.

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