Thursday, the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the shelter to commemorate the occasion.
It opened in February 2013.
Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter Director Jeff Roberts said there is a lot to be proud of in the first year of operation.
“We have adopted, found homes for and transferred over 1100 animals since we have been open,” said Roberts. “We have increased our live release rate. Last year, it was at 55 percent. This year, we are a little over 71 percent of our animals being live release animals.”
Roberts said he appreciates the support from the city and county, along with the volunteers and staff at the shelter.
Moving forward, he said goals for the shelter include attracting more volunteers, increasing education in the community, and of course, finding homes for as many animals as possible.
Roberts said people interested in adopting an animal can come to the shelter.
“They need to come in and talk with us a little bit about what they are looking for in an animal,” said Roberts. “We will be glad to show them what animals we have and work a good match for their household. Once they select an animal, we have an adoption process. Most of the animals can go home the same day. Some of them would still need a spay/neuter surgery and would go home in a short period of time.”
The Toccoa-Stephens County Humane Shelter is located on Scenic Drive in Toccoa, just off of Prather Bridge Road.
It is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The phone number for the shelter is 706-282-3275.