Stray animals have a new home at Greenwich animal controls headquarters on North Street. Its the season for kittens and stray dogs, said Officer Stacy Rameor, and now we have the room here to have them all. The new shelter celebrates its grand opening later this month.
The new kennel, Shelter Our Strays, broke ground a year ago after years of fundraising. Its former facility in Bruce Park was half the size of the 3,400-square-foot headquarters located at 393 North St. The new shelter opened its doors in January, but the opening celebration will take place on June 23 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Officer Suzanne Carlin said that after six months she, along with Rameor and Kennel Manager Bill Peterson, are still not fully settled. But this place is amazing, she said. Theres more room for the animals, theres grooming spaces, theres quarantine areas, and bigger cages.
One day recently Carlin was sitting at a desk taking a call from a dog owner whose pet was found wandering in the back country. Rameor said they are currently out canvassing certain areas for dogs because of anonymous tips from owners who abandoned them.
Every day is different. We get calls on dogs, cats, birds. Right now we have baby raccoons, said Rameor. One of the most difficult was a senior dog that fell through an air-conditioning duct and we had to call the air-conditioning service to take the duct apart to get him out.
At Shelter Our Strays, Rameor said, 90 percent of the animals picked up go back to their original homes. But at least they have a safe place to stay until they are returned, she said. At Bruce Park there was no room for dogs to just be dogs, said Rameor, gesturing to the outdoor dog run.
The new shelter includes a meeting area where people can get to know potential adoption dogs, a separate space for cats, including a quarantine room, a large dog kennel, grooming areas and a food prep area. It really couldnt be better, said Carlin.
Have you been to the new shelter on North Street?
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