In partnership with Kinsley Construction and Warehaus, the York County SPCA is excited to break ground on a project to renovate and re-imagine the Brougher Companion Animal Shelter lobby.
“Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we can make an investment in the future welfare of animals in our shelter. These upgrades to our facility reflect the transformative changes in our organization, particularly our Adopters Welcome policy,” said Steven Martinez, Executive Director of the York County SPCA.
“This intentional design plan creates more functional space that will allow us to better serve our mission and community through enhanced events, education opportunities, and a better adoption experience. Creating a welcoming space will help us decrease the length of stay for our adoptable animals and enhance our position as York County’s animal resource center,” Martinez said.
Construction is expected to last from late November 2022 until late February 2023. During construction, all shelter services will still be accessible by appointment only – including adoptions, surrenders, access to the pet food pantry, animal licensing, and more. To schedule an appointment for any shelter services, please contact the York County SPCA at 717-764-6109 ext. 101 or by emailing email@example.com.
“This intentional design plan creates more functional space that will allow us to better serve our mission and community through enhanced events, education opportunities, and a better adoption experience. Creating a welcoming space will help us decrease the length of stay for our adoptable animals and enhance our position as York County’s animal resource center.”
Facility Improvement Highlights:
- The lobby, cat corridor and cat condos will be updated with improved lighting, new paint, windows, and doors.
- A new greeter desk and modular customer service desks will provide the ability to have focused conversations between staff and community members so that customer service counselors can establish meaningful love connections between people and pets.
- Ceiling panels will be installed to improve sound quality.
- Lobby TVs will be installed to highlight shelter news, events, adoptable pets, and more.
- A medium sized multi-purpose room will be installed for meet-and-greets with adoptable pets. This space will also be used as a staff, volunteer, and community gathering place.
- All lobby furniture (desks, partitions, etc.) will be movable to open the entire lobby up for larger community events.
“Our goal is to create a happier, healthier space for our cats and small animals living in this area,” said Kari Herchelroth, Director of Operations for the York County SPCA. “This space will be more versatile and functional, and we will have the ability to easily open it up for larger meetings and community events. Just as our organization has removed barriers to adoption, we hope this more personal, welcoming space will remove barriers and allow us to connect with our adopters to make the best possible love matches with our animals,” said Herchelroth.
“Our goal is to create a happier, healthier space for our cats and small animals living in this area."
The staff at the York County SPCA is diligently working to prepare for this impending project with animal health and safety as the top priority.
“To avoid unnecessary stress and negative health effects for our animals, we will need support from our community to get more animals, particularly cats and small animals, into qualified permanent homes through adoption and temporary housing in foster homes,” said Martinez. When animals are in foster, the York County SPCA provides all supplies needed including food and any medical treatment that may be required.
This construction project will not impact the operations of the York County SPCA high-volume spay/neuter clinic.