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Atlanta cat, dog shelter moving headquarters to Cumming
FurKids
Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters is moving its headquarters to 5235 Union Hill Road in southwest Forsyth

By Diya Mohan

For the Forsyth County News

Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters, an Atlanta-based nonprofit dedicated to nurturing homeless cats and dogs, is moving its headquarters and cat shelter from Doraville to Forsyth County.

The company announced the move in a press release Tuesday.

Founded in 2002, Furkids operates the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter in the Southeast, and has rescued more than 30,000 animals. Today, 1,000 animals are part of the Furkids program.

Furkids has applied for a conditional-use permit with Forsyth County to build a veterinary clinic, kennels with outdoor facilities, a residence for a caretaker or night watchman and event venue with 103 parking spaces on 9.10 acres at 5235 Union Hill Road in southwest Forsyth.

Plans submitted to the county show four 5,000-square-feet kennels, a 5,000-square-foot “medical building” and a two-story, 6,624-square-foot building with office and warehouse space. Other features include outdoor ponds, waterfalls, stone patio paths and a “cooking area.”

Furkids said it plans to introduce their cats onto the property first, housing them in a temporary building until the cat shelter is fully funded. Additionally, Furkids hopes to consolidate their dog shelter into the location, along with other programs and services for homeless animals. As of now, the dog shelter will remain in Alpharetta until the cat shelter is established.

Furkids is set to open in mid-October 2019, with visiting hours on the weekends. The Cumming team will organize open house events that allow prospective adopters and volunteers to view the space and learn more about the organization.

Many of the animals that are to be housed in the Cumming headquarters are part of in-home foster services by volunteers and staff. The shelter asks members of the community to help adopt the cats to prevent as many felines from having to endure the moving process, which began on Sept. 10.

Currently, 100 cats are in immediate need of permanent homes. 

Furkids founder and CEO Samantha Shelton suggests many easy ways to contribute to Furkids’s goal to get their cats a home.

“Will you make room in your home for one cat who desperately needs the security of your family? Can you donate just $20 per month to feed a homeless cat? We are open to new people and ideas,” Shelton said in the press release.