Georgia Viewpoints: Fulton County needs a new animal shelter

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Robb Pitts

For many of our citizens, few things are more important than the welfare of their animal friends. 

Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS), wonderfully managed by Lifeline Animal Project, has made tremendous progress in rescuing, protecting, and improving the lives of tens of thousands of pets and their owners. But so much more needs to be done, and to continue this progress, we need a new, larger, better animal shelter. 

Currently, FCAS performs such invaluable work as providing to pet owners free or low-cost vaccinations; rescue, adoptions, and foster care; veterinarian care, leashes; and spay or neutering to prevent unwanted pregnancies and reduce the massive pet overpopulation problem.

Since taking over the Fulton and DeKalb County shelters, Lifeline has succeeded in increasing the adoption rate by some 300% and 83% more animals have been saved. The ultimate goal is to turn Fulton County into a no-kill shelter community.

At both shelters, Animal Control Officers enforce local and state laws; deal with vicious, dangerous, and rabid animals; and fight cruelty and neglect of animals. 

FCAS does all this great work amidst an old, overcrowded, dilapidated, out-of-date shelter that is unworthy of the great county Fulton has become. Dekalb county now has a new and state-of-the-art shelter, and Fulton County needs the same.

The funding for a new or renovated shelter could be raised through either a budget item or a bond offering. This is something we can afford and very much owe to our beloved pets – and the many people who so passionately care about them.