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Building Renovations at RCHS Focus on Animal Health

The Board of Directors of the Rutland County Humane Society (RCHS) recently approved building renovations at the shelter on Stevens Road in Pittsford. The renovation project will address serious inadequacies in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, will improve work and animal traffic flow and will significantly reduce cross contamination of materials and exposure to pathogens for the resident animals. Additionally, changing to more efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems will help lower costs and cut the shelter's carbon emissions.

RCHS Executive Director, Gretchen Goodman, discussed the current HVAC system explaining that "it currently operates at less than 20% of industry standards for air exchange". Originally built in 1968, the non-public work area of the building is a converted 1960s apartment whose rooms are poorly designed for the uses they now see.

Designed by John Berryhill of NBF Architects in Rutland the project was awarded to Naylor and Breen Builders of Brandon and will take approximately 3 months to complete. Private donations and the humane society's savings will fund the project.

Founded in 1959, for 50 years the Rutland County Humane Society has been dedicated to advocating for and working towards a responsible and humane community. RCHS provides shelter and adoption opportunities for pets who are homeless and promotes animal welfare through community programs that benefit both animals and people. RCHS is a private, non-profit organization serving the communities of Rutland County, VT. RCHS receives no financial support from any national or local humane organization. Programs are supported solely by donations, memberships and fund raising events.

For more information about the renovations or to make a donation, please contact the Rutland County Humane Society at 483-9171 or visit www.rchsvt.org.

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