WE'RE GROWING, AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!
When the Humane Society of Cobb County transitioned from a foster-based model to a brick-and-mortar adoption facility in the 1990s, we were able to do so only because of a generous bequest. In 1996, we purchased the building at 148 Fairground Street SE with proceeds we received from the George Keeler Estate, and we have been sheltering dogs, cats, and exotics at this location ever since.
Now, thanks to further generosity from animal lovers in our community, we are in a position to expand again. We’ve enlarged our small campus near the Marietta Square by acquiring the adjoining property at 553 Waterman Street. We are constructing a new $1M shelter on the Waterman lot, which will enable us to better serve the community and improve the lives of the animals who come under our care. We expect to break ground by mid-July 2019, and to complete construction before the end of the year.
EXPANDING OUR CAMPUS: PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Currently, all the animals under our care (apart from those who reside at our partner Java Cats Café Marietta) are housed under the Fairground roof — dogs, cats, exotics, special-needs animals, babies, seniors, and animals under medical isolation. Having the space and the equipment to segregate animals by type and need will improve the lives of all animals we shelter, now and in the future.
The new 2,500-square-foot Waterman Street shelter will be dedicated to the care and housing of cats and kittens. It will feature a cageless environment to reduce stress, four free-roam adult cat rooms, a free-roam kitten room, a bonding room, and suites dedicated to cats with special needs.
Our Fairground facility will continue to provide shelter for dogs and some cats. It will also house improved Intake and Isolation areas. With the construction of the new Waterman Street shelter for cats, we will be able to devote a substantial portion of the Fairground shelter to dogs, which will allow us to increase canine intake and help more dogs.
Here’s a look at the improvements we will be implementing with our expansion project:
The New Waterman Street Shelter
The new Waterman Street shelter will provide a low-stress, cageless environment for its feline residents. All cat rooms will offer generous window space, with views to the outdoors as well as interior windows. Cat-centric wall shelving will provide vertical space and enrichment. The facility will also feature a bonding room, where potential adopters can spend one-on-one time with animals they are considering adopting.
The New HSCC Community Outreach Center
The existing street-facing structure on the Waterman lot is a 1960s-era house which we will leave intact, with some renovations to make it suitable for our purposes. In our future plans, this building will become our new primary address and will serve as the reception hub for general contact with the public.
In addition to an adequate reception area (something we currently lack), the building has space for interviews, counseling, and meetings with potential adopters and donors; ample space for volunteer orientations, training sessions, and other group activities; dedicated space for informational literature and other materials of interest to the public; and a new interactive learning center and on-site education space for visiting youth groups such as scouts and school groups.
This building will also house our resident exotics (currently two birds, two chinchillas, and a ferret), giving them access to comfortable living space, sunshine, and human company, as well as peace from barking dogs!
The Fairground Street Shelter
With most of our cats moving to the new Waterman Street shelter, we will be able to expand the dog housing areas in our Fairground Street shelter. There will be Large Dog and Small Dog housing areas, both significantly more spacious than the dog space we are currently able to provide.
We will also be able to greatly improve and expand our Intake and Isolation areas for both dogs and cats. As new animals come in, we will be able to house them in comfortable, sanitary conditions during the temporary quarantine period before transitioning them to the resident housing areas. Further, animals who are ill or injured will have a comfortable and quiet Isolation space where they can receive treatment, rest, and recover.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Make a direct donation
All the growth we have experienced since our inception has been fueled by the generosity of supporters. We are a small nonprofit, primarily funded by donations, and every dollar matters to us. Our daily operating costs will increase once the new shelter is complete, and we also must replenish the money we have spent to fund this expansion. We gratefully accept donations of any amount, either one-time or recurring.
Please visit our Donate Now page to give a direct, immediate donation.
The Fairground Street shelter has served us well for many years, and it will continue to do so. Our greatest need with the Fairground facility is equipment upgrades. These upgrades will substantially increase our animal intake capabilities and will enable us to provide a more comfortable and sanitary environment for all animals in the building. The new Waterman Street shelter will also require equipment purchases to ensure the comfort and safety of its new residents.
Please visit our Online Store to view a wish list of equipment and supplies that can be funded via donation.
Include the HSCC in your planned giving
Time and again, bequests and planned gifts have made the impossible possible for our small organization. We have been blessed with generous gifts from individuals who had the foresight to include the HSCC in their plans to give, and plans by others to give in the future will support our mission going forward.
Please visit our Bequests & Planned Giving section to learn more about planned giving basics, popular alternatives, and the tax benefits of planned gifts.
Have your own ideas about how to help? We want to hear from you!
We welcome assistance from businesses, groups, and individuals in a variety of forms, some of which perhaps have not yet been conceived! If you would like to start a conversation about potentially unexplored ways to get involved, please visit our Business & Community Support page to learn how.