The Atlanta Humane Society will soon open a new adoption center full of adorable pets in Duluth.
The humane society and Suwanee-based Georgia SPCA merged this summer. Initially, the group thought it could continue operating in the SPCA’s Suwanee facility on Buford Highway, but after undergoing some construction, the organization realized they would have to close that location and find a new building.
“When we knew we weren’t going to be able to stay in that original location, we were able to fully start executing a plan to create a shelter facility in that community,” said Christina Hill, director of marketing and communications for the Atlanta Humane Society.
The group wanted to maintain a presence in Gwinnett County and remain close to Suwanee. They found a 3,200-square-foot building to rent at 2148 Duluth Hwy. in Duluth, where they’re expected to open an adoption center in the spring. The cost of completion has not been determined, Hill said.
The facility will be dedicated to small dogs, cats, kittens and puppies — animals that often are adopted quickly, Hill said.
“We are hoping to feature some great animals there that the community will scoop up really quickly,” Hill said.
The adoption center will have about 20 to 30 animals at a time, depending on animals’ needs and the sizes of kitten and puppy litters they take in. The center will not keep large dogs or animals who are expected to stay in the shelter long-term, and the facility will not have “shelter medicine” — veterinary care specialized for animals that have been recently taken to a shelter, often from homelessness. Those animals will still be available alongside other pets at the organization’s Howell Mill Road campus in Atlanta and Mansell Road campus in Alpharetta.
There is no set opening date for the Duluth facility yet, and construction is ongoing, Hill said. It is expected to open between March and June.