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Ga. SPCA celebrates expansion of shelter

Staff Photo: Rachel Shirey <br> The Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals celebrated the expansion of its animal shelter and the grand opening of Sadie's Thrift Stop on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Staff Photo: Rachel Shirey
The Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals celebrated the expansion of its animal shelter and the grand opening of Sadie's Thrift Stop on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals celebrated the expansion of its animal shelter and the grand opening of Sadie's Thrift Stop on Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for business leaders and volunteers who helped the shelter get off the ground.

The shelter, located at 1175 Buford Highway, has expanded into a shop next door which allows for more space to house and care for the rescued cats and dogs.

Cindy Allen, president of the Georgia SPCA Board of Directors, said she believes the expanded shelter will make an impact on the animals' quality of life and the board is excited about the shelter's future.

"We are delighted with how things are progressing," Allen said.

The shelter also has more space to adopt the healthy animals from kill-shelters that don't have the space for them anymore.

Last August, the shelter was able to adopt 63 more animals than it was able to in the past.

The success of the expansion is owed to the generosity of volunteers and community members who donated their time and supplies, like dry wall and washing machines.

"We are a community-based organization," said Louise Galaska, secretary of the SPCA Board of Directors. "The only way we can exist is through community support so we very much appreciate it."

Galaska said, they might not be able to save every animal, but they are making a difference to the individual animals they can rescue.

The shelter is also next door to Sadie's Thrift Stop, which has various second-hand knick-knacks for sale and is run by a board member. The proceeds from the shop are donated to the shelter and the shop has hopes of being able to financially support the shelter.

"Thats the great thing about being in Gwinnett, is that somehow we always come together at the end of the day to pull out something bigger than us," said Vince DeSilva, Chamber of Commerce vice president of the membership services.