Potsdam Humane Society Looks To Expand Thanks To $180K GrantPosted: Updated:
Animals at the Potsdam Humane Society will have more space to play and officials hope that will all lead to more adoptions.
"You come in you're like, 'Oh, look!' You know, 'You're here.' And then one day they're not. And you're happy because you know that means they have a forever home somewhere and someone is loving them everyday,” said Lisa Marone, Clarkson student volunteer.
The Potsdam Humane Society landed an almost $180,000 Companion Animal Capital Fund grant from the state. It's one of only 14 shelters statewide to get one.
“I think it's a case of the Potsdam Humane Society earned the right through their previous work and efforts and preparation,” said Bill Wolf, volunteer grant writer.
Rooms where cats live and play will be expanded, kennels made more secure, unused space outside will be fenced for dog exercise areas. And a meet-and-greet building for shelter animals and the public will be built.
“They're going to see well exercised animals, happier animals, because of the changes in their environments,” said Alysia Maynard, executive director.
There's also an operating room and other critical care equipment there.
Usually for projects like this, humane societies have to scrimp, save, and fundraise for years. But for this one, the money is already right there.
That means work can start as soon as weather allows and it should be finished by the time the first snow flies in the fall.