The four-legged residents of the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter are about to embark on a new journey. They will be leaving the crowded kennels for more space in a new shelter at 5051 Letterkenny Road West.
The new location is just a few miles away, but it's been a long journey for the staff and volunteers of CVAS to make this new facility a reality.
The current shelter has been outgrown, holding many more animals than its capacity. CVAS spokeswoman Jen Vanderau said the facility was also in need of costly repairs.
“This building was getting to the point where it was costing us more money that it was efficient to run it,” she said.
So, the shelter decided to re-phrase the new shelter. They did not complete all of the dog kennels and will reuse the cat cages from the current shelter and hope the public will help support their efforts to complete their vision.
The new shelter is state-of-the-art. It has better ventilation and a separate area for sick animals, to help keep medical expenses down. It also has green features like skylights and a way to recycle rain water to wash the kennels to save on utility costs.
“We are very, very excited to have been able to construct something that is, we are hoping, quite timeless,” Vanderau said.
This week, while the shelter transitions to the new facility, both locations will be closed to the public and for adoptions. The new shelter will open Thursday. In the meantime, stray animals can be taken to the Antietam Humane Society located on Lyons Road in Waynesboro.
It's been a long road to get to this point, and Vanderau said the work isn't over yet. Still, just looking around the new location, she said she felt hopeful that the animals will have a better place to live until they find their forever homes.
“It's kind of amazing, and overwhelming,” she said, “It's just like the future is ahead of us and this is where we are meant to be.”
If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the shelter's upcoming pasta dinner fundraiser while CVAS is closed, you can buy them at either CVAS thrift store or by calling and leaving a message with the shelter at 717-263-5791.