The Town of Huntington recently approved the construction of a new animal shelter in Halesite estimated to cost $7MM. According to a news release by the town, the location on Creek Road will be paid for by grant funding from the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund and $500,000 from the proceeds of bonds previously issued in 2014. The remaining $6,000,000 would be bonded to finance the balance.
“This cost-efficient state-of-the-art animal shelter facility will complement our shelter staff's great record of behavioral rehabilitation, training, and adoption of our furry friends,” said Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci.
Plans drafted last March are said to ensure cost-efficiency while providing necessary ADA-accessible facilities recommended by the Huntington Animal Shelter staff. The new facility plans include 50 double-stall kennels with slide gates to house up to 100 dogs (72 in the adoption area and 28 in the isolation area for dogs with rehabilitation needs), a multi-purpose training room, outdoor dog run, specialized HVAC system with multiple-stage filtration to provide for isolation of various areas, medical room, canine bathing area, specially designed lighting enabling higher illumination for cleaning of kennels, and energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems.