The Town of Islip continues to move forward with constructing the new animal shelter at Carleton Ave. in Central Islip.

The project, which broke ground last October, is expected to be finished in the beginning of 2021, barring any delays, reads a statement by the town. The build-out recently hit a snag during the pandemic when all worksites were closed during the state’s stay-at-home orders.

The new $9 million facility will be replacing the town’s aging shelter located on Denver Avenue in Bay Shore.

The new 18,000-square-foot shelter, once completed, will offer an on-site surgical room and double the number of viewing rooms over the current location.

The upgrades include 82 kennel spaces, four viewing rooms, a new HVAC system, separate entrances for staff and animals, and be ADA compliant.

“The Town’s existing animal shelter is outdated, and was built more than 50 years ago,” said Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter. This new facility will provide the space and state-of-the-art technology needed to care for the health and safety of the animals until they are adopted out to their forever homes.”

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Top: Courtesy photo of the building of the new animal shelter in Central Islip