Georgia's SAFE Center trains holds seminar

April 18, 2013 – Dr. George McCommon, associate professor of veterinary science at Fort Valley State University, provides a tour of the Otis O’Neal Veterinary Science Building and the Georgia State Animal Facility for Emergencies (SAFE) Center April 10. The tour is part of a seminar called “Operating a Pet Friendly Shelter and Animals in Disaster Training.”

Approximately 40 animal control personnel and inspectors from across the state participated in the seminar sponsored by FVSU’s Department of Veterinary Science. “The purpose of the seminar is to train state and local animal inspectors and control personnel in setting up and running an animal shelter in a disaster situation,” saidMcCommon, who also serves as interim director of the SAFE Center.

The 7,800-square-foot State Animal Facility for Emergencies (SAFE) Center has cages for up to 80 cats, 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 available.

This facility is the only one of its kind in the state. For more information about the center, contact McCommon, (478) 825-6424 or


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