Town Breaks Ground for New Animal Shelter

CENTRAL ISLIP — Town of Islip officials broke ground in Central Islip Friday, Oct. 25, in preparation for what will be the new location of a more than 17,000 sf state-of-the-art animal shelter, complete with an on-site surgical room and double the number of viewing rooms.

The new shelter will be centrally located on Carleton Ave., and will offer nearly 20% more kennels, new HVAC, separate entrances for staff and animals, ADA compliance, ample visitor parking, energy efficient lighting, administrative office space and separate entrances and exits for animal control officers.

"I commend our DEC Commissioner, Martin Bellew and his predecessor, James Heil, for their foresight, and for working diligently to make this vision a reality," said Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter. "Our new animal shelter will offer animals modern comfort and care until they find their forever homes," added Supervisor Carpenter.

Construction of the shelter is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020. Islip Town Councilman John Cochrane; Councilwoman Mary Kate Mullen; Islip Planning Commissioner Ron Meyer; Deputy Commissioner Michelle Bassen; Senator Phil Boyle; DPW Commissioner Tom Owens; Deputy DEC Commissioner, Greg Hancock; Shelter Supervisor, Teri Giacalone, and members of the Trap Neuter Release program attended the groundbreaking.

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