Bath, N.Y. (WENY) - After 10 years of planning and $2.2 million in donations, the Finger Lakes SPCA held a soft opening for its new shelter building last week.
Finger Lakes SPCA Director Vicki Mosgrove says she has already noticed a difference. She says, "We knew that there would be improvements to the quality of life but to see it firsthand is just so heartwarming. We see animals so relaxed that they're just completely sprawled out in the rooms. We see animals grooming each other. We see animals just playing and you just have to come and see it."
The new building features areas to take-in new animals as well as care for sick animals. They also have extremely spacious rooms for both cats and dogs, which are very quiet.
Mosgrove believes this new space won't just lead to happier animals, but will also help them find homes. She says, "People coming into visit the animals from the community, it's going to lead to more adoptions because people can go up and interact with the animals in a very personal way and there is space to interact to do that. Also the animals, for example like the cats have spaces that are communal and they're going to be able to climb and perch, and there is so much natural light here that the animals are so relaxed and they are able to show off their personalities."
The project is not complete yet, as the $2.2 million is 85% of their $2.6 million goal. They still need to finish up some fencing along the property.
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