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Furkids invites public to see new Forsyth County headquarters
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Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters is currently renovating a property on Union Hill Road to make way for its new headquarters and cat shelter. (Photo courtesy Furkids)

Furkids Animal Rescue & Shelters is ready to meet its new community.

The former-Atlanta-based nonprofit has scheduled an introductory event open to the public at its new headquarters and cat shelter at 5235 Union Hill Road.

The free event will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 19, and include tours of the nonprofit’s new 10-acre campus as well as offer the community a chance to meet adoptable cats and dogs and learn about volunteer opportunities. There will also be a cookout.

Furkids also announced a community volunteer day at the new headquarters on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to work on various projects. Those interested can register at roofoverfurkids.com.

The events will be just a month after Furkids announced it was moving its headquarters and cat shelter from Doraville to Forsyth County. The property used to be Wakoola Water Gardens, but its ponds, streams, waterfalls, walking paths and gardens will now benefit Furkids’ animals.

“Furkids now has a natural sanctuary at the waters’ edge for animals and people who love them,” Furkids CEO Samantha Shelton said in a statement. “Equally important, the size of the new property provides room for Furkids to expand the array of our lifesaving programs.”

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.

The organization recently applied for a conditional-use permit with the 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 at the Union Hill Road property.

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. The organization eventually plans to consolidate its Alpharetta dog shelter into the new headquarters, along with other programs and services, while maintaining its cat adoption centers at several metro Atlanta Petco and PetSmart stores.