LINDENHURST, New York Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer and Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez took a tour of the town’s future animal shelter led by Director Chris Elton in North Amityville to see how construction is coming along. The new facility will be a state-of-the-art temporary home for animals in the town available for adoption, featuring an on-site veterinarian office and classroom.

“This new facility is long overdue for the town, and I know that Chris Elton and his dedicated staff will make the most of the new features of the building,” said Schaffer. “Our animals will be more adoptable and children in our community will have the chance to come in and learn about the importance of caring for them.”

The facility will feature several improvements from the shelter’s current location. Cats will have the option to stay indoors or go to an enclosed outdoor pen throughout the day. This will help acclimate feral cats to life in the shelter. Areas designated for dogs are designed to keep them calm to increase their chances of adoption, as well as their safety and the safety of volunteers. Windows are mirrored so that the dogs cannot see people walking past or looking into their room. The dog runs outside have four-foot-high pieces of PVC to allow the dogs to focus on exercise and other playtime activities and not be distracted by the other dogs and people. The facility and all of its animals will be cleaner, healthier and happier thanks to wash and drainage systems throughout the building.  Finally, the on-site classroom will used for partnerships with local school districts and community groups to foster a love and understanding of responsible pet ownership among the community’s young people.

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