DeKalb County plans to build a greatly needed animal shelter in Chamblee on a 5-acre site adjacent to DeKalb Peachtree Airport.
Community activists have pushed for better animal services in DeKalb since 2011, when a citizen task force issued a highly critical report on the current shelter, which led to creation of an advisory board to address existing problems. The new facility will replace DeKalb’s Shelter for homeless animals on Memorial Drive that has been plagued with multiple problems including insect infestation and mold.
This winter, county commissioners voted to award an $8.6 million contract to Reaves & Young Corporation of Suwanee. The price tag for the $8 million project includes about $1 million the county will use to pay PDK for land, which will have a long-term due date with low interest rates. DeKalb’s plan for the PDK site will employ $2.75 million in federal stimulus funds to begin work for a shelter.
“We’re ecstatic” said Sonali Saindane, head of the advisory board coordinating the project, who said the ani-mal shelter is scheduled for completion in late 2016 or early 2017. DeKalb services will benefits from a brand new and significantly improved shelter to reassure and treat homeless animals in the community.
–Dr. Paul Hudson