Urban Design Group Donating Architectural Services to Create Jackson County’s First Animal Shelter

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The Humane Society of Jackson County worked tirelessly for years to gain funding and support for the county’s first animal shelter. After hearing of their plans, the architects at Urban Design Group volunteered to help make this dream a reality by designing the facility on a pro bono basis.

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Our professional culture encourages volunteering and giving back to the community, and we take on select pro bono projects where our expertise can make a significant and positive difference. We are extremely pleased to be a part of this effort.

Urban Design Group, an award-winning architectural firm with offices in Atlanta, GA and Dallas, TX, is volunteering their services to design an animal shelter for the Humane Society of Jackson County (HSJC), GA. The facility is the first animal shelter in the county and will serve as a substantial asset to the community.

The HSJC was created in 1998, and volunteers have been fundraising and gaining support for an animal shelter over several years. On June 11, 2012, the Jackson Country Board of Commissions voted unanimously to negotiate a long-term property lease with the HSJC to allow the organization to construct and operate an animal shelter on a 15-acre site owned by the county.

In preparation for running the future animal shelter, the HSJC researched, visited and talked with more than 15 humane society and animal control facilities in and around Georgia and made personal visits to the Best Friends Animal Society facility in Utah, which is regarded as one of the most successful shelter operations in the nation. They also made contact with Urban Design Group and gained a commitment from the firm to help them design a state-of-the-art facility.

“When I heard about the need for an animal shelter in Jackson County, I discussed the situation with my partners,” said Ken Rhyne, Allied AIA, AICAE, and Principal with UDG. “Our professional culture encourages volunteering and giving back to the community, and we take on select pro bono projects where our expertise can make a significant and positive difference. We are extremely pleased to be a part of this effort, and we are also getting involved in special fundraising activities, such as the upcoming Ride Like the Animals event on September 8.”

About Ride Like the Animals - Pet Festival, Concert and Motorcycle Ride:

In addition to providing design services, The Ken Rhyne Band, sponsored by Urban Design Group, will be playing at the Ride Like the Animals fundraising event for the HSJC. Ride Like the Animals is the organization’s first annual pet festival, concert and motorcycle ride. It will be held on September 8 (rain or shine) from 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Crow’s Lake in Jefferson, GA. The event also includes pet demonstrations, pet services, kids’ area with inflatables, food, tailgate-themed beer garden and much more. For more information about the event or becoming a sponsor or making a raffle donation, please visit http://www.raisethewoof.weebly.com

About the Humane Society of Jackson County:

Established in 1998, the Humane Society of Jackson County was the vision of native Marjorie Butler, who worked with Bob and Sandy Wells to make her dream a reality. A low- and no-cost spay neuter program for low-income families was started in 2006, and in February of 2007, the group received its Department of Agriculture License and began rescuing and placing homeless animals. In 2008, volunteers launched a courtesy placement program to assist with animals requiring re-homing that the group could not accommodate, since it currently operates through an all-foster home network. In 2011, the organization launched its capital campaign to raise funds for the shelter and opened the ReTail Thrift Store, located in downtown Jefferson behind the Crawford W. Long Museum. HSJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax deductible. Community meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the 2nd month of each quarter at locations around the county. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.hsjc.com, call 706-367-1111 or e-mail hsjc1111(at)gmail(dot)com.

About the Ken Rhyne Band:

Rhyne is a talented blues singer and harmonica player and is regarded by many as one of the most accomplished blues rock/southern rock artists of our time. His album “Caught You White Handed” went to #1 across the Canadian charts upon release in 2008, followed by an "Album of the Year" nomination at the Native American Music Awards. Songs from the album were re-released in January 2011, and Rhyne’s music is once again rapidly climbing the charts. Rhyne’s music may be heard on AirPlayDirect at http://www.AirPlayDirect.com/KenRhyne. For additional information about the Ken Rhyne Band, please contact Myra Chapman, Publicist, Promoter, Media Relations at 864-8980-0376 (office) 864-404-0338 (cell) or visit http://www.Allindianz.com or http://www.AirPlayDirect.com/Allindianz.

More About Ken Rhyne:

Rhyne, a Principal with Urban Design Group, is a noted interior designer and pivotal part of the firm’s leadership team. Rhyne, Allied AIA, is a member of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE). He has over 35 years of experience in conceptual architectural and interior design projects, including sustainable design, green architecture and the respectful infusion of Native American culture into his work.

Through his design, music and civic involvement, Rhyne has served as an advocate for Native American issues throughout his life. He is a Tuscarora Indian and a nationally-recognized designer with a talent for respectfully incorporating tribal culture into museums, cultural centers and other types of facilities. Rhyne is also a member of the Pfeiffer University Baseball Hall of Fame and was a minor league player for the Washington Senators and Texas Rangers.

About Urban Design Group:

Urban Design Group offers architectural, interior design and urban master planning services to its worldwide clientele from studios in Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX. A market leader in the application and advancement of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, UDG's personnel work on a wide range of projects from hospitality, resort, gaming design and Native American design projects to corporate, university facilities, libraries and urban mixed-use developments.

In the firm's 37-year history, Urban Design Group has completed more than $6 Billion dollars in projects worldwide. The firm has received more than 80 design excellence awards and honors, 15 design competition awards and has been featured in hundreds of magazine articles, newspaper pieces and design resource books. For more information, please visit http://www.urbandesigngroup.com.

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