Construction of New Susquehanna SPCA Shelter Gets Green Light
After much hard work and fundraising efforts, The Susquehanna SPCA has gotten the official go-ahead for their new proposed shelter from the Empire State Development Agency according to a press release from the shelter. The new shelter will be located on Rt. 28, just two miles up the road from their current location.
It was deemed that a new shelter was needed because of instances of flooding with the shelter being located in a flood zone, along with not enough space for the amount of animals the shelter typically cares for, along with other concerns regarding inadequate septic system and plumbing; deterioration of the buildings both inside and out; drainage malfunctions; deficient heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems; broken latches and chain link on kennel doors; and poor surgical/medical intake areas, among others.
The new shelter will include improved entrances for easy drop off and pick-up of animals along with a sterile surgery suite and a upgraded fresh air ventilation system.
The shelter's Executive Director Stacie Haynes says, “We are encouraged by Governor Cuomo’s recent statement that construction will be one of the first industries to resume operations. We understand that while our project is has been fast-tracked as we face dangerous conditions at our current location, we recognize all construction to be essential and know that folks across the board are eager to get back to work”.
The SQSPCA is still $1 million shy of the project's $5 million price tag. To donate or find out more, visit sqspca.org.