It's a move that won't be completed until next June, but the Humane Society of Schuyler County has plenty to be excited about with its new home. With renovations well underway at the new facility, our Bill Mich took a quick tour and has more on what the change means for the animals and potential adopters.
MONTOUR FALLS, N.Y. -- On Saturday, the annual holiday tradition of pictures with Santa went to the dogs and the cats as well. The Humane Society of Schuyler County invited Saint Nick to be a part of its open house as it continues to raise money for the renovations of a new facility.
"The renovation for the project is going to be about $350,000. Thus far, we have raised about $230,000. So we are looking at $120,000 to go," said the president of the Humane Society, Georgie Taylor.
But the Humane Society is certainly getting what it is paying for with the new facility. Having two buildings on the site will provide more space to house and care for animals and provide a home-like setting. Currently the Humane Society has a facility in Alpine, and operates the county dog pound as well, so moving all operations to one location will increase the convenience for everyone.
"We're looking to consolidate the two facilities into one centrally located building where we can provide spay/neuter services, adoption services, educational services for the community," Taylor said.
The organization is already run on the power of its volunteers and it is those same volunteers and other community help that is moving this project along.
"Most of it has been by volunteer people power to make it happen and people are very anxious for us to be here so they can come walk dogs and help to be a part of the organization," said Taylor.
And if all goes according to plan, the Humane Society will open the doors to its new home next June.
The open house for the Humane Society continues Sunday from 12-3 p.m.