2015 Walk for the Animals

Each year, 25,000 animals across the southeast benefit from the many programs and services offered by the Atlanta Humane Society and the SPCA of Georgia.

Animal lives are positively impacted through:

  • 8,000 Animal Adoptions
  • 12,500 Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Surgeries
  • 2,500 Veterinary Clinic Patients
  • 1,000 Cruelty Rescues
  • 1,000 Behavior and Training Class Attendees

Our impact goes far beyond these specific animals and the greater Atlanta area.  We currently have 60 partnerships in 47 Georgia counties. These partnerships include everything from county animal control shelters to foster-based rescue groups. We transport animals from these underserved areas where shelter overcrowding is a sad reality and euthanasia an all too common occurrence.

This fall, we will host our inaugural Walk for the AnimalsSaving and Celebrating Georgia’s Pets.  The Walk will take place on Sunday, October 18th at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Georgia.  All proceeds from the walk will help us accomplish our vision to end the need to euthanize healthy, adoptable animals in the state of Georgia.

We hope you will join us in our fight.   Like us on Facebook.


Need Hunter Education Before Dove Season Opens?

Dove Hunt with Youth Reid Cornelius
Reid Cornelius Dove Hunting

Do you need a hunter education course before dove season arrives?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division offers three options to help make the most of your time:  by classroom, CD-Rom or online.

“We want to meet the needs of the most people we can because the information learned in a hunter education course is critical, and is meant to help encourage a new hunter to not only be legal, but to also be ethical and safety-oriented,” says Walter Lane, hunter development program manager with the Wildlife Resources Division.  “The online and CD courses offer more scheduling flexibility as they can be done at any time of day.  And for those who prefer a traditional method, the classroom courses provide a face-to-face opportunity with instructors.”

The classroom course is free of charge.  The four available online courses each require a fee (from $9.95 – $24.95) but all are “pass or don’t pay” courses.  Fees for these courses are charged by and collected by the independent course developer.  If the online course vendor fees are an obstacle, students can obtain a CD-ROM by contacting their local DNR law enforcement office.

Completion of a hunter education course is required for any person born on or after January 1, 1961, who:

  • purchases a season hunting license in Georgia.
  • is at least 12 years old and hunts without adult supervision.
  • hunts big game (deer, turkey, bear) on a wildlife management area.

The only exceptions include any person who:

  • purchases a short-term hunting license, such as the Apprentice License or the 3-day Hunting and Fishing Combo License (as opposed to a season license).
  • is hunting on his or her own land, or that of his or her parents or legal guardians.

For more information, go to www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/education or call 770-761-3010.

Other Information:

The official 2015-2016 dove seasons are Sept. 5-20, Oct. 10-Nov. 1 and Nov. 26 – Jan. 15. Shooting hours are noon until sunset on opening day (Sept. 5) and one-half hour before sunrise to sunset for the remainder of the season dates. Sunrise and sunset times for each day are found in the 2015-2016 Georgia Hunting Seasons and Regulations guide or online at www.georgiawildlife.com/hunting/regulations .

Regulations quick review: The daily bag limit is 15 doves per hunter. Collared doves may be taken, but do not affect the count of your daily limit.  Any autoloading or other repeating shotgun must be plugged to hold no more than three shotshells while hunting doves.  And, as always, hunters must obtain permission from landowners before hunting on private property.



Piedmont College Holds Grand Opening For New Student Center

The Piedmont Student Commons at the Demorest campus.
The Piedmont Student Commons is a new focal point for the Demorest campus.

“Magnificent”—that is how Piedmont College Chairman of the Board of Trustees Thomas A. “Gus” Arrendale III described the college’s new Student Commons, as he welcomed guests to the building’s grand opening on Aug. 21.

A capacity crowd was on hand to take a first look at the 58,000-square-foot, glass and steel student center located at 375 Georgia Street on the Demorest campus. The $14 million Student Commons includes a dining hall and Starbucks coffee shop, Barnes & Noble bookstore, racquetball court, and even a rock climbing wall. The building also includes banquet/conference rooms, a gymnasium with walking track, a new fitness center, and offices for a variety of student services.

Grand opening of the new Piedmont Student Commons in Demorest.
Architect Don Beck of Beck Design, left, with Piedmont College Board Chairman Thomas A. ‘Gus’ Arrendale III, center, and President James F. Mellichamp, at the grand opening of the new Piedmont Student Commons in Demorest.

“Everything’s right here,” Arrendale said. “You’ve got meals, you’ve got fun, and you’ve got studying. I hope the students don’t take it in that order—could go studying, fun, and meals—but we’ve got everything here, we really do. We’re making history right here today, because there is not anther school, I would say in the Southeast … there is not a nicer facility, and it is going to be a great draw for our students.”

President James F. Mellichamp thanked the many firms and individuals who played a role in the construction of the Student Commons, including architects Beck Design of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Walter P. Moore engineering of Dallas, Texas; Civilscapes civil engineering of Tucker; and Scroggs & Grizzel Contracting of Gainesville. He also recognized local officials including Demorest Mayor Dr. Rick Austin, Cornelia Mayor J.C. Irby, District 10 State Representative Terry Rogers, and 50th District State Senator John Wilkinson, as well as members of the Piedmont Board of Trustees, Alumni Association, and the athletic P Club for their contributions.

Mellichamp noted that the Student Commons will benefit the entire community, as many of its facilities are open to the public. These include the dining hall and banquet/conference rooms, which are operated by Chartwells, as is the Starbucks coffee shop; and the Barnes & Noble book store.

Click here for more photos of the new Student Commons