Humane CNY in Liverpool is gearing up for a move to a temporary shelter location as their plans for new construction come to fruition.
“The original estimation was about $2 million,” said Christine McNeely, the executive director for Humane CNY. “The reason why it was so high is because we have some extensive issues here.”
McNeely says the shelter’s staff and animals are aiming to move within the next two months with a ground-breaking date set for early May. This timeline would give the crew time to move out, clean up, settle into the temporary space and prepare for construction at their current site.
“We have a lot of drainage issues,” McNeely said. “I don’t know if anyone’s ever come to the shelter in the spring — we’re basically surrounded by a moat. Because of that it’s actually causing part of our building to sink.”
Fundraising and large estates left in the shelter’s name is helping Humane CNY move forward on construction plans that have been looming for more than five years, McNeely said.
The front portion of the current shelter will be renovated and a house the shelter owns on its property will be knocked down, according to McNeely. The equivalent to the square footage of that house will then be added to the new construction on the main building.
Help is still needed, McNeely says.
People can help by adopting a dog or cat to lighten the load for the move. McNeely reminding people that St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is covering adoption fees during the month of February as a heart-health effort.
Donations are needed to help pay for the remaining total needed for the Humane CNY Capital Campaign Construction Fund. McNeely says that number is at about $800,000.
“The new building will give us the opportunity to improve the flow,” McNeely said. “Right now, we’re maxed out at six and 700 hundred animals a year. That’s the most we can get in, get out, so we’re hoping if we can change the flow — we can take in twice as many animals a year.”
The shelter will continue to function at its temporary spot located within 10 miles of the Liverpool location, but it will be carefully watching intake numbers during that time, McNeely said.
The goal for the grand re-opening at the Liverpool location is late fall of this year, according to McNeely, or not longer after.
The Hearts for Homeless Animals fundraiser is taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Holiday Inn on Electronics Parkway in Liverpool. The event will include casino games, contests, silent auction, food and drinks, and music. To purchase tickets, click here.
To make a donation to Humane CNY to continue their mission for the CNY Capital Campaign Construction Fund, click here.