Mohawk Hudson Humane Society breaking ground on new animal care center

MENANDS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A historic day for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society as they break ground on a new animal care center.

This facility unlike any animal shelter you’ve seen in the region. In fact, they don’t want to call it shelter.

The $7.2 million center will be for the entire community to use.

In less than a year’s time, the dirt here will clear away to make room for a new 32,000 sq. ft. animal care center

“Where you guys are standing, you’re standing in the new shelter.”

With the backhoe as his backdrop, NEWS10 ABC’s Chief Meteorologist and top animal advocate Steve Caporizzo announced the exciting news.

The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society’s current facility is more than a century old and even with the renovations and addition, it was time for a huge upgrade.

“This is going to be a new modern facility and most importantly what were focused on is the comfort for the animals,” President and CEO Brad Shear said.

“This is like a graduation, a new start in life not just got animals, but for everyone in the community,” Board Chair Miguel Berger said.

That’s because Berger believes everyone in the community will be able to use this space.

“This is going to be a true community space where kids can come for summer camp birthdays for kids where we bring animals in.” Shear

But the focus remains on animals.

“We are going double our capacity for spay and neuter which is how we address the animal population problem,” Shear said. “A lot more people are going to be able to get their animals spayed or neutered.”

The center will be able to house 150 additional cats and dogs, providing more animals with a second chance for a good loving home.

“When we started talking about this five or six years ago, people thought we were crazy and saying this is never going to happen, it’s too big of a project.”

A dream also for our resident pet lover, and honorary chair of this project, who was here to see it become reality as the shovels dug in.

Fundraising started over the summer they raised more than half of the needed money for the project, but they still need your help. You can donate on the shelter’s website.

While construction takes place, the current facilities will continue to operate.

As sections are completed, transitions will be made to the new building and eventually the old buildings will be torn down. The projected completion is summer of 2017.

The projected completion is summer of 2017.

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