For the past 18 years, the Humane Society of Northwest Georgia was like many of the animals it helped — homeless.

That changed when the family of Dr. Charles Wade agreed to lease the late veterinarian’s office at 1703 Cleveland Highway to the society, giving a home to the organization and animals in need.

Humane Society President Debbie Daniels is excited about the organization’s new home, named the “Dr. Charles and Evelyn Wade Adoption Center.”

The Wades operated their clinic for 50 years. Dr. Wade retired last fall and passed away May 26. The Wades supported the Humane Society.

“Hopefully, their love of animals will be passed on with this adoption center,” Daniels said.

But before the first cat or dog can move in, a lot of work needs to be done.

Daniels said bleach, paper towels, a vacuum cleaner, chairs, and larger items such as a washer and dryer, microwave and refrigerator are needed.

The Humane Society is also looking for volunteers to help renovate the building.

“We have no paid staff, everyone volunteers,” Daniels said. “We just don’t have the budget for a paid staff.”

The organization has about 15 active members, many who serve as foster “parents” for dogs and cats.

And once the shelter is up and running, more volunteers will be needed.

“We are going to need people to clean, feed and exercise the animals,” Daniels said.

People still cannot leave unwanted animals at the new shelter, but they can call the Humane Society to see if the animal can be housed at the shelter.

Once the renovations are made, Daniels said the organization will have pet adoption days, low-cost spay and neuter clinics and fund raisers.

The city of Dalton donated land to the humane society approximately three years ago to build a shelter, Daniels said, but so far the organization has not had the money to begin construction.

The adoption center will allow the Humane Society to take more animals off “Death Row” at Whitfield County Animal Control, where about 3,600 animals were euthanized last year.

“We will be able to save more animals’ lives,” Daniels said.

For more information, call the Humane Society at 706-226-5002 or go to their website,

The Humane Society of Northwest Georgia needs the following items:

• Iams Multi-Cat chicken and salmon (dry)

• Iams kitten food (dry)

• Pedigree dog and puppy food (dry)

• Cat Furniture

• Bleach

• Paper towels

• Wooden or metal chairs

• Tidy Cat scoopable cat litter

• Washer and dryer

• Microwave

• Refrigerator

• Vacuum cleaner

For more information, call the Humane Society at 706-226-5002 or go to their Web site,

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