continued “Based on studies of animal adoption rates at new shelters, we expect our adoption rate to increase 50 to 100 percent,” Reuther said. “We anticipate many more people will come to the shelter because it will be a very welcoming facility.”
Reuther said the new facility will include an improved ventilation system that will reduce the spread of illness among the shelter animals, meet standards for animal care with isolation rooms for sick animals and a room for basic medical procedures.
The facility will be welcoming to potential pet owners with areas where people can spend time with a pet before adoption. There will also be another room for obedience and puppy training to send animals with good manners to new homes.
The property will also include larger kennel areas and a large wooded area outside for animals to play and excersize.
Shelter designers, ARQ Architects, the firm who designed the ASPCA headquarters in New York City, chose this project in Essex County because they wanted to create a model for smaller community shelters all across the country.
Individuals who wish to make a donation to help fund the final construction costs can send a check to: North Country SPCA, 23 Lake Shore Road, Westport, N.Y. 12993, or donate online at www.ncspca.org.