Updated 01/05/2013 07:00 PM
SPCA adoption center grand opening
The SPCA is a nationwide organization to help animals find a good home. The organization partnered with Petco to open up an adoption center at their store in Jefferson County. Only eight other Petcos have SPCA adoption centers located within their stores nationwide. YNN's Carmella Mataloni tells us how happy organizers are to see the day finally arrive.
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Helping furry friends find a good home is what the SPCA is all about. All over the country, a program is helping build new shelters. Saturday, a second adoption center in the North Country opened and the location is perfect.
"It's wonderful that we are on the opposite end of town with our main shelter and we are going to be up here with the adoption center. It gives people who are on either end of the city the opportunity to see our animals," said Jefferson County SPCA Executive Director Doug Marlow.
With help from Petco, the center is only costing the organization a dollar a year to rent. It comes equipped with two playrooms for cats and dogs to spend time with their new families. Workers say the center can house about eighteen cats, four dogs and many smaller animals.
"There's a huge need for it. There are tons of animals of all types that are out in the cold and don't have a place and this is a wonderful alternative," Bob Nicholson, Brownville resident.
Workers say Petco has been partners with the SPCA ever since they opened and they are happy to see the new location in a place where they know the animals will be taken care of.
All of the animals that are here are ready to be adopted and brought home and workers say with the new location, they hope to see more people come in to adopt a new friend to bring home.
And the Woodmansee family of Fort Drum did just that. They were the first family to adopt, bringing home a cat named Val.
"I'm just happy that this is available because it really doesn't seem like there's a lot of places here to adopt pets, so it's just kind of exciting that it's happening," said Emily Woodmansee, a Fort Drum.
"We wanted a younger cat. A cat that could grow with our family as we grow. We have two younger kids, so we wanted something that was more kind of theirs," said Anthony Woodmansee.