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2018-10-17 / Columnists

Pets, Pets, Pets

After five years of planning and building, our shelter dogs and cats, plus their luggage, moved into the NEW Babylon Animal Shelter at 80 New Highway in Amityville. You are invited to the Grand Opening festivities scheduled for this Sat. Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In essence, we outgrew the previous Lamar Street facility which opened in the late 1980s. With cats and dogs having open-ended stays, the shelter fills fast and stays full. Each space had multi-functions. The food prep room was also animal intake, grooming, dishwashing, laundry and medical clinic. The lobby was lined with cat condo cages. The garage housed young kittens, sometimes dogs or chickens, plus stored empty cages and carriers. You couldn’t bathe a dog or cat unless you washed the stacks of dirty pet bowls in the tub. You couldn’t use the meet ‘n’ greet room to show a potential adopter a pet unless you moved the dog residing there that was too stressed to stay in the kennel.


The separate grooming & laundry room has 2 washers and 2 dryers in the front. The pet tub and grooming table are in the back. The separate grooming & laundry room has 2 washers and 2 dryers in the front. The pet tub and grooming table are in the back. The new shelter has separate and spacious rooms for each task, more isolation with separate air circulation for pets recovering from illness and kennels set up in four pods so dogs are not staring across the aisles at each other.

A pictorial description of some of the features will give you a glimpse at our new town shelter. If you visit some day, you will be able to see the state of the art animal shelter in its entirety. Trigger, a long time canine resident and shelter mascot, is your tour guide. Here goes:



The spacious classroom with its portable furniture can be used for school or scout group tours, volunteer orientation, dog temperament evaluation or dog training sessions or seminars. The spacious classroom with its portable furniture can be used for school or scout group tours, volunteer orientation, dog temperament evaluation or dog training sessions or seminars.

Dog play yards have 5-foot hockey board covering the fence so there is no “fence fighting,” and then 5 feet of open cyclone fencing above the hockey board so dogs cannot escape. Dog play yards have 5-foot hockey board covering the fence so there is no “fence fighting,” and then 5 feet of open cyclone fencing above the hockey board so dogs cannot escape.

Shelter vet Dr. Deborah Lupo-Lyons and Chris Elton shelter director are in the main room of the clinic. Cats and kittens in isolation cages are in a front corner. Two adjoining rooms will eventually be surgery with room for 2 operating tables, and an x-ray room. Shelter vet Dr. Deborah Lupo-Lyons and Chris Elton shelter director are in the main room of the clinic. Cats and kittens in isolation cages are in a front corner. Two adjoining rooms will eventually be surgery with room for 2 operating tables, and an x-ray room.

New pets enter through the intake room where they are weighed, examined and vaccinated. People in the office can see the new entrants. New pets enter through the intake room where they are weighed, examined and vaccinated. People in the office can see the new entrants.

Cats have a view of the parking lot and dog walking path from the porch. Cats have a view of the parking lot and dog walking path from the porch.

The new logo The new logo

Cats enter porches through a cat door in the free roamer rooms. Cats enter porches through a cat door in the free roamer rooms.

Cats feel like they are outdoors. Cats feel like they are outdoors.

The spacious lobby has cat adoption rooms. Free roamer rooms are behind Sharon, a volunteer. The office is in front of her. The spacious lobby has cat adoption rooms. Free roamer rooms are behind Sharon, a volunteer. The office is in front of her.

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