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HumaneCNY announces $2 million project to improve shelter

HumaneCNY has announced a $2 million capital project that will be the largest renovation and capital campaign in the agency's 51 year history. (CNYCentral file photo)

HumaneCNY has announced a $2 million capital project that will be the largest renovation and capital campaign in the agency's 51 year history.

The agency says the project will address a need to rebuild the back portion of the shelter, which houses dog kennels, animal intake and hospital rooms. The front portion of the shelter house on West Taft Road, which houses the community cat rooms, will also get a refresh.

“This construction will ensure that the staff and the animals we care for 365 days a year are in a safe and comfortable environment that replicates the warmth of a home and improve the adoption experience," Executive Director Christine McNeely said in a release. "It will improve safety throughout the shelter. In addition, caring for many animals poses very special needs in air filtration and sanitation, all of which need to be upgraded, and will provide a healthier environment for the animals, staff, visitors and volunteers."

HumaneCNY says the project will provide larger clinical areas and decrease congestion by creating a separate adoption area, along with expanding admission, intake and infirmary areas.

As of Thursday, 60 percent of the $2 million needed has been committed to HumaneCNY, the agency said.

The project is expected to begin in mid-2018, pending municipal approval and commitment of the remaining funds needed.

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