ETOWAH VALLEY HUMANE SOCIETY
Costing about $325,000 per year to operate, the 5,000 square-foot shelter consists of two staff offices, two visitation rooms, a surgical suite, 14 climate-controlled kennel runs, a puppy room with 19 enclosures, a quarantine room for young pups, a cat oom with 24 enclosures, and an on-site dog park
Animal rescue is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. What works in one demographic may not be as successful in another. The biggest misperception from our community is that people confuse EVHS with BCAC. About one-third to one-half of our calls are from people who want us to pick up animals or who want to drop off found animals. Taking in and/or rehoming a stray animal is potentially dangerous and against the law in the state of Georgia. Like it or not, pets are considered personal property and people don't have the right to give animals away that do not belong to them. What if your pet got lost, was found, and you were not afforded the opportunity to reclaim it? How would you feel? BCAC is the INTAKE shelter for our community. Their road officers have the proper equipment to safely bring the animals in. After their "hold" period expires, EVHS facilitates the release of animals from BCAC through adoptions and transfers to licensed rescue organizations. We are two separate shelters operating as one. BCAC Director Reggie Nation is a capable leader and we work harmoniously with BCAC staff. Both organizations only want the best for the animals. And that's the way it should be. Great things have happened over the first 25 years at EVHS, and I want to thank everyone for being a part.