TOWNSHIP OF BURLINGTON — The doors of Happy Tails No-Kill Animal Shelter, located in the Township of Burlington, will officially open to the public on Saturday, July 9 with an open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The long-awaited opening means the facility will be ready to welcome cats, dogs and other small animals in need of basic shelter, food and care. At the Open House, Happy Tails staff invite the general public to visit the first residents, tour the interior of the building, enjoy refreshments, and participate in a 50/50 draw, raffle tree, and to garden games.
The shelter’s history dates back to 2003, when a small group of animal lovers saw a local need for a no-kill shelter. Previously, there had been no such shelter in Bradford County. After serious research, incorporation, donations and extensive fundraising, land was purchased and an architect was hired.
For eight years, with guidance from a board of directors and funds raised by a handful of volunteers, the structure was built as money became available.
Over these years, generous donors have also been responsible for completing the building, which is not only magnificent, but also state-of-the-art. For example, many skylights emit natural light and heat from the sun. In addition, a unique sewage system sucks up animal waste.
Various specialized rooms and spaces can be found throughout, including an indoor play area called camp, which refers to the dog’s living and exercise section. The walls, painted by local artist Amber Cook, depict smiling dogs playing and tent camping.
For people who literally worked on construction, for people who pored over ideas and plans, for people who worked many hours in sales and projects, and for people who contributed without hesitation, time after time. times, year after year, Happy Tails No-Kill Animal Shelter is a dream come true.
A spokesperson for the shelter said: “This shelter is a haven for homeless, abused or abandoned animals where we will try to feed and rehabilitate them. It is a place where we want them to find hope.
While employees get used to the schedules and duties, the shelter will only be operational on weekends until August, when full-time hours will be announced.
Happy Tails Shelter is located at 500 Cemetery Road, Towanda. For more information, visit Facebook, happytailsnokillanimalshelter.com or call (570) 485-9750.