Ki­moto Tech board ap­proves land do­na­tion to Cedartown Hu­mane So­ci­ety for new adop­tion fa­cil­ity

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Through the gen­eros­ity of Ki­moto Tech, the Cedartown Hu­mane So­ci­ety is mov­ing on to step two in build­ing a new an­i­mal shel­ter in the county.

Step one, se­cur­ing land to build the shel­ter, was com­pleted last week when Hu­mane So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Char­lotte Har­ri­son an­nounced that the Board of Di­rec­tors of Ki­moto Tech, Inc., has ap­proved the do­na­tion of three acres of land near the in­ter­sec­tion of Canal Street and Sec­ond Street to be used for an an­i­mal shel­ter.

The to­tal cost of the shel­ter is ex­pected to be about $3.5 mil­lion. Har­ri­son ex­pects the pro­ject to at­tract the fi­nan­cial sup­port of lo­cal and re­gional foun­da­tions and agen­cies as well as lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses. She ex­pects rais­ing fund­ing, de­sign­ing the fa­cil­ity, and com­plet­ing con­struc­tion to take about three years.

“We are de­lighted to ac­cept this very gen­er­ous gift from the Ki­moto Tech Cor­po­ra­tion and we es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ate the vi­sion and sup­port of Miguel Leal, Pres­i­dent of Ki­moto Tech Cedartown,” said Har­ri­son. “This is the first solid step to­ward our goal of pro­vid­ing a fa­cil­ity to pro­mote an­i­mal adop­tions, en­cour­age spay­ing and neu­ter­ing pets, and re­duc­ing the need for eu­thana­sia.”

Leal told the group at a CHS meet­ing on Aug. 23, that he had put the land do­na­tion pro­posal to Ki­moto se­nior man­age­ment in June at a con­fer­ence in Shin­juku, Ja­pan.

The Ki­moto board ap­proved the do­na­tion at its Sept. 9, board of di­rec­tors meet­ing.

Leal said the an­i­mal shel­ter pro­ject would be ap­proached in three phases.

“The first is se­cur­ing the land. The sec­ond is se­cur­ing strong fund­ing through foun­da­tions and grants. The third is a full-fledged ef­fort to garner more money through do­na­tions by lo­cal in­dus­tries and our com­mu­nity. Once these three key el­e­ments are in place, the pro­ject can ac­tu­ally move to the con­struc­tion and oper­a­tions phases,” con­tin­ued Leal.

Leal praised the lead­er­ship of CHS. “Our Cedartown Hu­mane So­ci­ety has an al­ls­tar board of di­rec­tor group,” Leal said. “If any­one can get the job done, they can.”

Har­ri­son said the planned shel­ter would en­com­pass ap­prox­i­mately 10,000 square feet un­der roof and ac­com­mo­date 75 dogs and 50 cats at any one time. In ad­di­tion to ken­nel ar­eas, fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude a clinic, bathing ar­eas, an area for pets and po­ten­tial adopters to meet, and of­fices.

Har­ri­son char­ac­ter­ized 2015 as a year of growth and learn­ing for the or­ga­ni­za­tion and its vol­un­teers.

“When we be­gan, our im­me­di­ate goals were to in­crease adop­tion rates of an­i­mals at the Polk County An­i­mal Con­trol Fa­cil­ity and to ed­u­cate the public on the im­por­tance of spay­ing and neu­ter­ing pets,” she said.

At the So­ci­ety’s an­nual WAG event in Au­gust, Har­ri­son cited data from Polk County An­i­mal Con­trol re­ports in­di­cat­ing that the group is well on its way to achiev­ing both goals.

“There were 321 an­i­mals adopted in 2013. This in­creased to 367 in 2014 and in 2015 adop- tions for the first seven months are al­ready at 387. “

Har­ri­son said per­haps the most im­por­tant statis­tic is the one cit­ing the num­ber of an­i­mals taken in to the shel­ter by An­i­mal Con­trol.

Af­ter 18 months of public ed­u­ca­tion and fi­nan­cial sup­port for spay and neuter, the num­bers are in de­cline, Har­ri­son said.

“In 2013, a to­tal of 2,680 an­i­mals were brought into the shel­ter. In 2014, in­take dropped to 2,186 and our rate for 2015 so far is 1,784,” said Har­ri­son.

“The Cedartown Hu­mane So­ci­ety has been in busi­ness only a short while,” said Har­ri­son.

“2014 was a year of learn­ing for us. 2015 has been a year of ex­pand­ing our base of sup­port and craft­ing a vi­sion for a bet­ter fu­ture. I ex­pect 2016 to be the year we be­gin pa­tiently build­ing to­ward that vi­sion,” she con­tin­ued.

“Our pets are im­por­tant parts of our fam­i­lies,” said Har­ri­son. “The job of the Cedartown Hu­mane So­ci­ety is to im­prove the qual­ity of life of our an­i­mal friends and help them find homes.”

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