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Georgia’s animal facility for emergencies now open at FVSU

Date Published: 08/28/2012 3:37PM


Fort Valley, Ga. - Georgia’s only animal facility for disasters is now open at Fort Valley State University. A ceremony to recognize this occasion, and the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s support, will be Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Along with confirmed guest Commissioner Gary W. Black of the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the public is invited to attend the outside event at the Otis O’Neal Veterinary Science Building, behind the Stallworth building off Carver Drive.

The 7,800-square-foot SAFE - State Animal Facility for Emergencies - Center has cages for up to 80 cats and 105 dogs, and it can hold up to 30 horses if Georgia were to face a natural disaster, terrorist attack or animal control situation that required temporary housing of many animals. There are also fenced pasture areas.

Fort Valley State is an ideal location because it’s in Middle Georgia near multiple interstates and has a Department of Veterinary Science. The center may also be used to teach undergraduate classes and possibly homeland security, agrosecurity and biodefense training sessions for animal control and emergency management workers, volunteers and veterinarians.

“We are thrilled to have the SAFE Center on our campus and make the public aware of this facility at our upcoming event,” said Dr. George McCommon, an associate professor of veterinary science, who’s been instrumental in this project. “The SAFE Center is a perfect example of Fort Valley State University giving back and providing for our community. With our location, team of experts and equipment, this is the perfect location to care for Georgia’s animals.”