Dalton City Council is donating land to the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen News.
The Humane Society had signed a 40-year, $1-a-year lease on the property about 10 years ago. It broke ground on a $1.5 million, 12,000-square-foot facility in 2017 and opened it a little more than a year later. The organization, which has been in Whitfield County for more than 40 years, had previously leased a site on Cleveland Highway.
City Administrator Andrew Parker said one hurdle [to donating the property to the HSNWGA] was that the city couldn’t legally do that “unless they provide some sort of benefit to the city.”
The City Council members asked City Attorney Terry Miller to look into the issue and he found the Humane Society does provide a quantifiable benefit to the city.
“Over the last few years, on average, they have taken in over 770 stray animals, cats and dogs, each year,” he said. “Through our service delivery agreement with Whitfield County, the taxpayers of Dalton pay part of Whitfield County animal control service costs. On average, the intake of an animal at the (county) animal shelter costs about $200. So, by taking these animals and keeping them out of the county animal shelter, the Humane Society is providing a benefit of over $150,000 a year. Over a 10- or 12-year period, they are providing a benefit that exceeds the value of the property. They operate on private donations, and they can raise donations better if they can control their own destiny.”
The donation includes a reversion clause that says that if the Humane Society stops using the site as an animal shelter it will revert to the city.
Marley is a young female Golden Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia in Dalton, GA.
Marley is super cute and will steal your heart the moment you meet her. This sweet girl is perfect for an active adult or family with children. Outgoing and friendly, this pup is very affectionate and will be a large dog when full grown. An energetic playful pup, Marley loves to play with toys and chase after her brother Maximus. If you don’t currently own a playful young pup, please consider adopting these two siblings together. The two keep each other well entertained and are great snuggle buddies too. Marley is fine tuning her house manners and will need a fenced in yard to keep her safe when outside. Marley and Maximus do not have to be adopted together.
Baby Girl is a 3.5-year old, 61-pound female Golden Retriever mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia in Dalton, GA.
Baby Girl is easy to love because she is super sweet. She does, however, need a special home. Baby Girl is a devoted dog that prefers a home without other pets. In particular, she does not like other dogs. She needs a low stress environment with an experienced dog owner. While not good on walks around the neighborhood, she would be fine in her own backyard. . This female brindle Boxer mix is three and half years old and weighs around sixty-one pounds. She loves being with people and is also fond of older children. Baby Girl is already housebroken and would enjoy having a large securely fenced in backyard so she can run and play safely. She rides well in a car and would be a good hiking buddy for back country trails where she would not run into other dogs.
Bennett is a 2-month old male Great Dane mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia in Dalton, GA.
Meet Bennett! He was a stray found by some kind people who saved his life. This gentle soul is now just looking for love. He is still settling in but adores all the attention he gets, he loves his head to be rubbed and he loves to be petted and cuddled. As you hold him, he’ll rest his head on your shoulder or in your hand. This sweet baby is so ready for a family to call his own. Bennett is one of the calmest, sweetest puppies you’ll ever meet. He is a Great Dane mix and weighs almost eighteen pounds.