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Town of Lancaster receives state grant to build new animal shelter

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Posted at 5:26 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 17:26:06-04

TOWN OF LANCASTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) and Town of Lancaster Supervisor Ronald Ruffino announced the award of a $228,750 state grant to the Town of Lancaster to build a new town animal shelter Tuesday.

The grant comes from the Animal Companion Capital Fund, a $15 million program part of the 2019-2020 budget which supports construction, renovation, and expansion projects that enhance animal care and health.

“This funding will help the Town of Lancaster provide a safe shelter for stray or lost animals and ensure they are comfortable until they can be reunited with owners or moved to a more permanent home,” Assemblymember Wallace said.

The town plans to break ground on the new animal shelter on Pavement Road later this year and it will have:

  • Epoxy flooring
  • Nine kennels (including two for extra large dogs)
  • A floor sink
  • A heating and air conditioning system
  • Exercise yard
  • Garage

“We’re very excited about this happening. The people deserve this because it’s been a long time coming,” said Jean Karn, the Dog Control Officer for the Town of Lancaster. “It will definitely make for a better experience for the dogs that we bring into our kennels. I’d like to thank the community, the Town Board, the Town Supervisor, and Assemblymember Wallace. If it wasn’t for them, this wouldn’t be happening.”