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North Country SPCA to officially open new Elizabethtown shelter

Trish Walker and Pam Rock, Shelter Manager, stand outside the new Frances Miller Adoption Center.

Trish Walker and Pam Rock, Shelter Manager, stand outside the new Frances Miller Adoption Center.

— The ribbon will officialy be cut on Essex County’s new home for the SPCA.

The Frances Miller Adoption Center at the North Country SPCA will hold its grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 20, from noon to 6 p.m. The state-of-the-art 3,200-square-foot facility, which first opened its doors in March, is located at 7700 Route 9N in Elizabethtown.

New York State Senator Betty Little and the North Country SPCA Board and staff will mark the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be preceded and followed by a day of celebration featuring free adoptions and family-friendly activities. (To get pre-approved for adoption, please visit ncspca.org/application and submit an online application in advance of the event.)

Kids will enjoy face painting, games, story-time and entertainment by Merriloons the Clown. Grown-ups will enjoy browsing goods from local Adirondack vendors, as well as agility and obedience demonstrations from top dog trainers. There will also be fun and games for four-legged members of the family in the brand-new dog play yard and on the SPCA’s new trail system. All events are open to the public.

The Miller Adoption Center, designed by ARQ Architects, is the prototype for small animal shelters nationwide. ARQ created the first modern animal shelter for the San Francisco SPCA as well at the national headquarters of the ASPCA in New York City.

The North Country SPCA, the only animal shelter in Essex County, recently moved to its new location in Elizabethtown from its old, overcrowded building in Westport. The adoption center houses up to 65 cats and 20 dogs in separate areas that have a mix of group and individual rooms. The building includes get-acquainted and multi-purpose areas where people can get to know a new pet before adoption and where staff can hold education and training events. The modern, energy-efficient building also includes many features that will improve the health of the animals in its care, such as separate intake and adoption areas for cats and dogs, as well as a medical examination room.

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