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Forsyth County Animal Shelter marking first anniversary

NORTH FORSYTH — Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the new Forsyth County Animal Shelter.

Construction of the 13,700-square foot facility, which began in March 2013, was funded by a voter-approved extension of the 1-cent sales tax program in 2011.

The facility at 4065 County Way, off Ga. 400 in north Forsyth, replaced the county’s previous shelter operation of 35 years on Old Atlanta Road.

Jeanie Curphey, the shelter’s manager, thanked “everyone who has supported us during our first year.”

“Those who have adopted animals, our great volunteers, those who have made donations and the rescue organizations with whom we work have all helped to make our first year a success,” she said in a statement.

According to a news release, there are many ways for volunteers to help out around shelter. Those opportunities include dog walkers, cat cuddlers, groomers and assistance with special events.

The shelter also has a wish list of care items for animals. They range from dog and cat food to paper towels and disinfecting wipes.

Anyone seeking to adopt a pet, drop off donated items or pick up a volunteer application form may visit between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (678) 965-7185.