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SPCA Westchester Opens $9 Million Animal Rescue Center

In September, SPCA Westchester cut the ribbon on its $9 million, 27,000-square-foot Animal Rescue Center in Briarcliff Manor. More than 100 supporters joined the organization to celebrate this milestone in its 138-year history. The center replaces SPCA’s previous buildings, which dated back to the 1950s. 

The new, state-of-the-art facility can accommodate up to 250 rescue animals, allowing SPCA to expand its rescue programs and services. Its catteries were created by a Tony-nominated set designer, with the support of the annual animal charity event Broadway Barks. According to the SPCA, these spaces represent a new frontier in animal sheltering, as they are intended to enrich the inhabitants’ lives. They include an Old English Library, complete with a faux fireplace and a framed portrait above the mantel, and an Enchanted Forest, with a sprawling tree for the cats to perch on and climb.

The facility’s Dog of the Day Room, which replicates a home-like setting, with a lounge chair and TV dog bed, is designed to prepare rescues for their new forever homes. There is also a Music Room with a piano, a calming space where volunteers and senior dogs can relax for music therapy.
All visits to the SPCA are by appointment only. 

Location: SPCA Westchester, 590 North State Rd., Briarcliff Manor, NY. For more info, visit
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