Friday, July 17, 2020 marked a monumental day for Niagara County SPCA as the shelter broke ground for construction on a brand new $1.5 million, 2,000 square foot state-of-the-art surgical suite. Up until now, surgeries have been performed in a 144 square foot surgical trailer that was donated by the SPCA Serving Erie County. Not only have SPCA veterinarian Dr. Christopher Brown and infirmary staff had to endure extreme temperatures during surgeries, but space constraints restricted the size of dogs the SPCA could operate on to 50 pounds or less.
“We at Niagara County SPCA are incredibly grateful to everyone who had a hand in making our new surgical suite possible. With an anticipated completion date of February 2021, the Niagara County SPCA looks forward to partnering with cat rescue organizations to assist with Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) efforts as a way to address cat overpopulation in many of our communities, to offering low-cost spay neuter clinics for individuals in our community with limited financial resources and to preparing and treating our shelter animals for adoption in the most expeditious and efficient manner possible,” said Executive Director Tim Brennan.
The surgical suite was made possible by New York State Governor Cuomo who announced in January 2019 that Niagara County SPCA was awarded a grant of $500,000 through the NYS Companion Animal Capital Fund. Shelter champion and Army Veteran Bob Nowakowski also made a $100,000 Challenge Gift towards the project, of which many generous members of the community helped support.
For more information, visit www.NiagaraSPCA.org.