Dedicated to Protecting Animals
and the Community
The Cedartown/Polk County Humane Society was chartered in 2014 and is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) corporation. Thus far, the organization has: worked with regional and national animal rescue groups to find temporary and permanent homes for animals; conducted in-school programs on animal safety and responsible pet ownership; sponsored rabies vaccination clinics; coordinate spay and neuter programs; provided free pet food for families in need; and, raised funds to supplement low-cost and free spay and neuter procedures for more than 1,400 companion animals.
We speak for animals who cannot speak for themselves. We are in the daily business of saving the lives of companion animals by eliminating starvation, abuse, neglect and euthanasia.
We are part of a caring community that will reduce the surplus population of companion animals and find loving homes for all animals in need.
1) Raise public awareness of the importance of spraying or neutering pets.
2) Provide financial assistance to make spay/neuter affordable for all pet owners.
3) Conduct “Responsible Pet Ownership” classes in public schools.
4) Establish and operate a low-cost veterinary and shelter facility to provide spay/neuter services and support animal rescue and adoption groups throughout the region.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Charlotte Harrison - President. Retired Bellsouth customer service manager and a private business owner for 20 years. Ms. Harrison has 40 years of experience in animal rescue in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. She served on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Animal Rescue League.
Tom Gaither – Retired Senior Manager at BellSouth Corporation where his last assignment was President of their real estate subsidiary. Captain, Civil Engineer Corps, U. S. Navy(Retired). Licensed professional engineer, land surveyor, and real estate broker. Past member of the commercial panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association.
Ann Marie Tillery - Educator at St. Mary's Catholic School and secretary of the Corporation. She is active in church, civic, and social associations.
Jane Wyatt - Retired owner of Jane Wyatt Realty. Ms. Wyatt has a long and distinguished record of community service in Polk County including chairing the Polk County Chamber of Commerce and, most recently, the Polk County Walk of Fame.
Jule W. Peek, Jr. – Attorney and partner in the law firm McRae, Stegall, Peek, Harmon, Smith, and Monroe. He practices in the firm’s Rome office, specializing in high-asset divorce cases and personal injury litigation. He is actively involved with Darlington School in Rome where he serves as President of the Alumni Council, President of the Athletic Booster Club, and member of the Planned Gifts Committee
Lloyd Gray - Retired Executive Vice President of First National Bank of Polk County.
Benjamin Burch – Attorney at Law with Mundy & Burch in Cedartown. Mr. Burch also serves the community as President of the Board of Directors for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in Polk County.
Jan Isbell– Assistant Vice President of SouthCrest Bank. Ms. Isbell has 39 years of experience in banking.
Gail Posey is the founder and chairperson of Posey Shelter Pet Promoters, Inc. She has operated a shelter and a rescue group for many years. Since 2008, she has provided a low-cost spay/neuter transport service for pet owners in Cedartown and the surrounding area to take animals to veterinarian services in Villa Rica. Gail has worked with other animal rescue groups across the nation.
Kellie Taylor, owner and operator of Precious Paws Grooming in Rockmart, Georgia, has twenty years of experience in providing outstanding grooming and boarding services to pets and their owners. Kellie has extensive experience in showing dogs and has won regional and national awards. Her expertise in these areas will assure that CHS facilities and services are first-rate.
Robyn Chapman is an executive with Monster, Inc. She has previously worked as a professional grant writer for many years.
Tracy “Trace” Sargent has over 25 years of experience handling and working dogs in a variety of specialties. Trace is an international search, rescue and recovery expert, and she and her K9 partners have assisted governmental agencies and families around the world. She is the owner of K9 Search & Rescue Specialists, STAR K9 and Jumping Frog Farm.
Chance (pictured) was rescued out of a high kill shelter with the help of Gail Posey and Ronda White. After evaluating him I recognized there was something very special about him and discovered he had what it takes to become a search and recovery dog. He has now assisted in searches around the world, including the Natalee Holloway case in Aruba.