A brand-new, state-of-the-art animal shelter is in the works for the Town of Islip, this time in Central Islip.

The current, aging facility is located on Denver Avenue in Bay Shore.

Town officials broke ground on plans for the 17,000-square-foot shelter project at 295 Carleton Avenue (map below) on Friday.

“Our new animal shelter will offer animals modern comfort and care until they find their forever homes,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “I commend our [department of environmental control] commissioner, Martin Bellew and his predecessor, James Heil, for their foresight, and for working diligently to make this vision a reality. “

The new shelter, once completed, will offer an on-site surgical room and double the number of viewing rooms over the current location.

It will house nearly 20 percent more kennels, a new HVAC system, separate entrances for staff and animals, and be ADA compliant.

There will also be ample visitor parking, energy efficient lighting, administrative office space and separate entrances and exits for animal control officers, town officials said.

The town is eyeing a fall 2020 completion date for the new shelter.

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter at the new shelter location Friday. (courtesy)