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North Country SPCA animals move to new shelter Elizabethtown

More than a dozen volunteers helped with the transport of 11 dogs and 36 cats to the new North Country SPCA shelter in Elizabethtown on Feb. 28.

More than a dozen volunteers helped with the transport of 11 dogs and 36 cats to the new North Country SPCA shelter in Elizabethtown on Feb. 28. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— “One of the things we are really hoping for in the new shelter because the animals will be healthier and under less stress, will be able to increase our adoption rate. We’ll be the go-to place,” Reuther said.

The metal doors on the animals cages, which rattled and vibrated in the former shelter, have been replaced with clear partitions on the animals’ condos to keep them relaxed.

“It’s going to be a life of Windex,” Reuther said as Trouble, a German shepherd and husky mix, tried to lick her hand through the window separating his room from the hallway.

The shelter also features a sophisticated ventilation system, which keeps the facility at a comfortable temperature and prevents illnesses like parvo, a highly contagious virus for dogs, from spreading from one animal to another.

From the Outside In

The shelter was built on the grounds of a former county gravel pit. Reuther said once the weather gets warmer, the 18-acre parcel will also provide a unique opportunity to create play yards for the dogs. They will be used for training exercises and for people to play with prospective new pets.

“It’s crucial for the dogs’ well being and health to have a chance to run around,” Reuther said. “Dogs live to play, and the more exercise they get the happier they’ll be.”

SPCA officials are working with Champlain Area Trails to develop walking trails on the property that will also be available for the public to enjoy.

“It’s going to be a true Adirondack Shelter,” Hartley said.

An official opening day will be announced once the move is complete. For more information, call 873-5000.

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