Peninger Joins Forsyth County as Animal Shelter Manager
As Forsyth County prepares for the opening of its new animal shelter this summer, the county has hired an animal shelter manager to lead shelter operations. Ms. Chris Peninger joined the county staff March 17.
Peninger is an experienced animal welfare professional with more than 20 years of training and experience in the fields of animal sheltering, community outreach and administration. She worked previously with the York County, South Carolina Animal Control Division and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care and Control Division and served on response teams to assist with animals displaced during Hurricane Katrina.
As manager of Forsyth County’s animal shelter, Peninger will supervise, coordinate and manage the daily activities of the animal shelter personnel, enforcing the provisions of federal, state and local codes and ordinances applicable to animal shelter activities. She will be responsible for the oversight of animal care, upkeep of the animal shelter facility, the animal adoption process and of the shelter’s community outreach programs.
“We are very pleased to welcome Chris to the county staff,” Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt said. “Her experience and skills will be a great asset to the county as we prepare for and open our new animal shelter.”
Ground Broken for New Animal Shelter
On March 20, 2013, ground was broken for Forsyth County’s new animal shelter. Funded by the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VII program, the new shelter will be located on County Way off of GA 400 in northern Forsyth County.
During the groundbreaking ceremony, Forsyth County Commission Chairman R.J. (Pete) Amos thanked voters for making the project possible, and thanked all those involved in the project. He extended a special thank you to the members of the county’s Animal Control and Shelter Advisory Committee, a group formed to help ensure the project was undertaken in the most effective and efficient manner possible. The members of this committee are Commissioner Todd Levent, Dr. John McGruder, Dr. Lanier Orr, Lance White, and Kathy Genovese. County staff members Tim Merritt and Cindy Henderson are also a part of the committee.
Amos also extended his appreciation to Dr. Lanier and Annette Orr, who have partnered with the county since the early 1980s, providing animal shelter services for the community.
“A simple thank you is nowhere near enough to express the county’s appreciation for their services throughout the years,” Amos said. “I especially want to thank them for continuing to operate the current shelter as we have been working toward construction of a new shelter. You both have provided such a valuable service to our community and I want you to know how much you are appreciated.”
District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent noted during the ceremony the hard work that went into getting the project to the groundbreaking phase.
“Careful consideration has gone into planning this facility and to meeting the animal shelter needs of the community,” Levent said. “It has been designed to promote adoption, public education and collaboration with local animal advocacy groups.”
The approximately 13,700-square foot facility was designed by RKS Green Consulting and Shelterplanners.com. The general contractor for the project is CRS Building Corporation. The new shelter will replace the current arrangement in which the county contracts out shelter operations.
The new shelter is slated for completion in 2014.