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Animal Welfare Association of New Jersey

Shelter Construction Updates

Big machines are moving a lot of dirt around this week at the AWA construction site. Grading and excavation near the Pet Clinic building (now temporary shelter) in preparation for the retaining wall and foundation is what all that activity is about. Setting a solid support for the new shelter, the future home of homeless animals.

Don’t let appearances fool you, AWA is still open. The Pet Clinic is located in the trailer in the parking lot, the animals are safely being cared for in the shelter (Pet Clinic building). Donations are still being accepted at the drop-off area in front of the shelter.

If you have been past AWA lately you will notice the old shelter is gone, and there is a big pile of dirt in its place. The site has been cleared; grading has begun for the start of construction of the new shelter/education center.

AWA is open – COVID-19 open, that is. The Pet Clinic is providing services out of the double trailer in the parking lot, allowing the shelter staff and animals to move into the pet clinic building while construction is taking place. All animals are still receiving loving care in a safe place. The donation drop-off is still available, right outside the pet clinic/temporary shelter building. The dogs residing at the shelter are still able to enjoy some fresh air and exercise in the play yards.

Notice the photo of the pet clinic roof below, that is the future home of the administration and development offices. Down the hill will be the future training center, summer camp area and elevator which will go up to the new shelter and the neo medical wing for the shelter animals.