It’s been a tough year for the CNY SPCA- most notably- their former Director sentenced to prison for stealing more than $500,000 from the organization. Sunday, workers started a new chapter, thanks to a week of hard work from volunteers.
Hundred of people filed through the doors of the newly renovated CNY SPCA Sunday morning. After just a week of being closed for construction, the shelter reopened it’s doors for animal lovers of all ages.
Executive Director Kerrin Conklin says the renovation process wasn’t always easy but it was definitely worth it.
While people wandered the halls checking out all the work the volunteers spent the week doing, they could also check out the history discovered by those volunteers, 126 years worth of pictures, newspaper articles, and more to help tell the story of the shelter’s history.
“If you look at some of these journals, they’re from the 1800’s. It’s really pretty amazing to actually just stop and look at how far the shelter has come,” says Conklin.
The grand re-opening, acting as a step towards making the next 126 years just as amazing. “It’s a place that you want to come and visit. You might not find your right animal, your pet today- but you want to come back,” Conklin adds.
Maybe that second time you’ll help an animal in need find it’s forever home.
The CNY SPCA also changed their hours. They’re now open weekdays from 11-6, Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 11-3. They are closed on Wednesdays.