"We, as Fulton County, can be a good example for other counties," he said. "I'm excited."
But there are others, like Milton resident Shari Cahill, who wanted more. She said most of the audience at the community meeting volunteered at the shelter, and she thought more people who are not so intimately involved needed to have their questions answered and their voices heard.
Kathy Davis and Sara LeClerc, both Atlanta residents, said they had hoped for more information about what the shelter would actually be like. There aren’t any renderings yet, and the final plans have yet to be approved. County commissioners are scheduled to vote on the study’s recommendation for where a new building should be located in October, and commission chairman Robb Pitts said he wants to break ground — at least symbolically — by December. The shelter should be open, if all goes to plan, in the early months of 2021.
“When they’re talking about symbolically breaking ground, there’s a huge gap between that and where we are now,” LeClerc said.
Davis expressed concern that having just one shelter would make it hard to get volunteers — and adoptions — across the county.
“We’re too big,” she said of Fulton. “People don’t want to be in traffic.”
Fulton’s animal shelter is managed by LifeLine Animal Project, and CEO Rebecca Guinn said she was “really enthusiastic” about the questions that were being asked by residents and the progress that was being made. A bigger shelter is an imperative, she said, and more work will be done to reduce the need for shelter and educate people about animals as the county has a better facility in which to do so.
“We’re excited to move forward,” she said. “The county recognizes that something needs to happen and we need the public to support it.”