Animal Shelter to be completed in February
The new Seekonk animal shelter is due to be completed in February.
The $1.7 million building, to be located across from the current shelter at 100 Peck St., will be approximately 3,000 square feet and will include two offices, a cat area, indoor and outdoor kennels for dogs, a treatment room, quarantine room, adoption rooms where people can meet the animals, a break room, a car port for the shelter van and more. There will be a glass-enclosed room in the lobby where visitors can see all the adoptable cats when they walk in.
Construction began last March and a groundbreaking ceremony was held in April.
Pat Cloutier, President of Save-a-Pet Society, notes the new shelter will be “bigger and better” as well as “safer and healthier.”
The organization has been a huge supporter of the project. Save A Pet has donated $300,000. The group also raises awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering pets.
In 2017, voters approved a temporary tax increase to fund $950,000 for design, construction and furnishing of a new shelter. In the fall of 2018, town meeting approved an additional $460,000 for the project.
Cloutier believes the new shelter will benefit not only the pets, but the employees who have been working in an outdated building for so many years.
“I’m exhilarated,” Cloutier added. “I absolutely can’t wait. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”