There are two cats in the yard. One is a beautiful black bobtail, the other an oversized brindle.
Comfortable and secure in their space under the trees, the cats are clearly loved and cared for.
But it wasn't always like that. These cats were strays in their past lives. If it wasn't for their 'savior,' they might not be here.
"As a child, I was one of those people who was always bringing home a stray and wanting to take care of them," said Kay Dunaway.
Dunaway, 58, has taken her love of animals to a new height in Upson County.
Her name is synonymous when it comes to the movement of caring for abandoned and neglected animals.
As a member of the Humane Society for 20 plus years, Dunaway has devoted countless hours to the cause by spreading the word and raising funds for the organization.
"I can remember a time when we had nothing," said Dunaway. "We spent our own money to care for these animals." Raising close to $10,000 in 2004 was no small feat. Dunaway said the help of others has made a huge difference.
"Obviously, I don't do this by myself. This is a labor of love and it takes the dedication of many to achieve the goals we've set," said Dunaway.
"We are fortunate in Upson County to have support, financially and physically, of individuals and businesses alike."
In 1984, the Humane Society was incorporated and registered with the Secretary of State.
As a non-profit organization, the Humane Society relies solely on donations. Dunaway points out that when people contribute on a local level the effects are evident.
"Our primary purpose is to move animals from the shelter into loving homes," said Dunaway. "The participation from our Board of Directors, individuals and local businesses has made all the difference in the world."
Dunaway encourages others to follow suit by becoming a member.
"Just come to a meeting and we'll get your name on the list," she said.
The meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at the Civic Center.
"Some of those involved are our President Bill Howell, Vice President Dee Rogers, Lynn Ingram, Anna Mary Ellerbee, Billy Brantley, Daisy Nelson and Beth Smith. Mrs. Dunaway also pointed out that J.M. Clayton and Ace Cleaners have put adoptable animals in the spotlight by running ads twice weekly in the Thomaston Times.
"You don't do animals a favor by putting them out," says Dunaway. "Taking the time visit your local shelter and adopting these beautiful animals will continue to give these creatures of God a chance to thrive and become part of a loving home."