New Whitfield County animal shelter opens

Shelter hopes to reach 100% save rate for its animals

DALTON, Georgia (WDEF) — Whitfield County’s new animal shelter finally held its grand opening earlier this evening.

Diane Franklin, the shelter’s director, says the new facility now provides 1,800 square feet.

They were previously working with roughly 500.

Jevin Jensen, Chairman of the Whitfield Co. Board of Commissioners, believes the new shelter will benefit both the animals and local families.

“Now that we have a facility that our own citizens in the surrounding area can come in, visit, really learn about the animals and make sure they’re getting the right one for their family, I think we can really increase our local adoptions which saves us money,” Jensen said. “We can also make space for more strays and adoption candidates.”

Franklin called it “a labor of love” getting the new building constructed, but now that it’s open, says it was well worth it.

The shelter will be named after long-time nurse, Dr. Emily Felker.

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