As we welcome in the New Year, the people of the North Country are observing Potsdam Humane Society’s new animal shelter taking shape on Madrid Avenue. The construction of the new 3823 sq. ft wing is 30% complete as the roof starts to appear on the skyline.
The structure will be enclosed soon to insure work can continue during the coldest part of winter. Once the new part is complete, the entire shelter and its residents will be moved to the completed construction, while the old shelter is renovated into a new surgery suite, puppy and kitten nurseries, and isolation/evaluation/treatment areas for incoming animal companions. After that, a break-through passage will be made and the two separate buildings will be connected to create the new and much improved Potsdam Animal Shelter.
The new section will become the adoption center for the public to visit, to volunteer, or to adopt a loving new furry friend. This new part will also house a welcoming reception area with chairs for those who have to wait for service, office space, and the Chad Fuller Community Room where educational programs and meetings will be held.
Our community has every right to be proud of this project because it has been a community wide effort to secure the funds needed to begin construction. The North Country collectively has raised over $500,000, which was the amount of cash needed to start building. But the work will not be done when the building is completed. There will be added operating costs to staff and run this larger facility. PHS has secured a low interest government loan of over $400,000, which will be repaid with a monthly mortgage payment.
Community generosity needs to continue to funnel funds to PHS to continue the programs of the past and to initiate many new ones being planned to benefit all residents of the North County. “Gifts of all sizes have made building the new shelter possible; now it is very important to keep those gifts—large and small—flowing into the mailbox at 17 Madrid Avenue”, says Bonnie Boyd, PHS Board President,” so that we can operate a top notch animal facility today and into the future.”
Potsdam Humane Society is not just for Potsdam--it serves the residents of most of St. Lawrence County. It has contracts with 10 towns: Lawrenceville, Parishville, Hopkinton, Colton, Pierrepont, Clifton, Norfolk, Lisbon, Stockholm, and Potsdam. These contracts entitle those town residents to fully utilize the programs at the shelter, such as owner surrendering of pets. PHS would like to add Madrid, Waddington and Canton to the list of contracted townships, and to better serve those who live in those three towns in the coming New Year.
“The new shelter belongs to a huge geographic North Country Community, which is only matched by the size of the hearts of those who volunteer their time, the generosity of those who financially support the cause, and willingness of those who choose to adopt the unwanted that end up at the shelter’s door. This Special Community has made this new shelter become reality and the PHS board and staff do not doubt that North Country citizens will continue to see it carry out its mission well into the future”, states Anne Smith, PHS Shelter Director.
Contributions for the operations of the shelter may be mailed to the Potsdam Humane Society at 17 Madrid Ave. Potsdam, NY 13676, or given through a PayPal account on line at potsdamhumanesociety.org, or credit card at (315) 265-3199.
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