Thursday, July 18, 2013

North Country SPCA To Celebrate Grand Opening

Trish Rita lickingThe new Frances Miller Adoption Center at the North Country SPCA will hold its grand opening celebration this Saturday, July 20 from noon to 6 p.m. The state-of-the-art 3,200-square-foot facility, which first opened its doors in March, is located at 7700 Route 9N in Elizabethtown.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the occasion at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be preceded and followed by a day of celebration featuring free adoptions and family-friendly activities. (To get pre-approved for adoption, visit here and submit an online application in advance of the event.)

There will be face painting, games, story-time and entertainment by Merriloons the Clown for kids. Grown-ups can expect to enjoy browsing goods from local Adirondack vendors, as well as agility and obedience demonstrations from top dog trainers. There will also be fun and games for four-legged members of the family in the brand-new dog play yard and on the SPCA’s new trail system. All events are open to the public.

The Miller Adoption Center, designed by ARQ Architects, is the prototype for small animal shelters nationwide. ARQ created the first modern animal shelter for the San Francisco SPCA as well at the national headquarters of the ASPCA in New York City.

The North Country SPCA, the only animal shelter in Essex County, recently moved to its new location in Elizabethtown from its old, overcrowded building in Westport. The adoption center houses up to 65 cats and 20 dogs in separate areas that have a mix of group and individual rooms. The building includes roomy get-acquainted and multi-purpose areas where people can get to know a new pet before adoption and where staff can hold education and training events. The modern, energy-efficient building also includes many features that will improve the health of the animals in its care, such as separate intake and adoption areas for cats and dogs, as well as a medical examination room.

The North Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Essex County, N.Y. is a no-kill shelter providing refuge to more than 300 dogs and cats each year. It is the only animal shelter in rural Essex County, N.Y., in the Adirondack Park. The shelter receives no income from the state or federal governments, nor any funding from the ASPCA or any other animal care organization. Private donations and special campaigns provide 85% of the NCSPCA’s funding. Adoption fees account for 8% of their income, while town contracts account for only 7%.

Animals arrive at the shelter in a variety of ways. Some are brought in by owners who can no longer care for them. Others are strays found by animal control officers. Many are rescued by attentive neighbors who notice a homeless dog or cat in their neighborhood and turn to the shelter for help. Numerous animals, especially cats and kittens, are left on the shelter’s doorstep in the middle of the night. And law enforcement officers bring many animals in that are victims of unspeakable abuse.

The NCSPCA thoroughly assesses, socializes and trains every animal to give them the best opportunity for a new life.  Their staff and volunteers work to make the shelter the best possible alternative until a permanent home can be found. They provide food and medical care, including inoculations, diagnostic tests and spaying or neutering. They euthanize animals only when their veterinarians cannot relieve suffering or when aggressive behavior makes an animal dangerous and unadoptable.

The NCSPCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies primarily on donations for support of the animals in our care. Donations to the NCSPCA are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

North Country SPCA, PO Box 55, 7700 Route 9N Elizabethtown, NY 12932

Phone: 518-873-5000




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