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Georgetown Cuts Ribbon on Newly Renovated Animal Shelter

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- The community of Georgetown came together for a not so much ribbon-cutting ceremony, but a "ribbon-biting" ceremony for the animals on Delmarva. The Brandywine Valley SPCA Georgetown location opened its newly renovated facility to the public on Saturday. 

The Brandywine Valley SPCA says this building is a long time coming and it has a left a special mark on people's hearts. 

"This is such a strong community of animal advocates and that's what really made this shelter what is it today," said Linda Torelli, director of marketing for the Brandywine Valley SPCA. 

More than two years ago, the Brandywine Valley SPCA took over the shelter once known as the "Georgetown SPCA."  The new renovations started immediately to modernize the facility and to make a better living environment for the animals. The renovations were funded entirely by donations to transform an old building to now a state of the art facility.  The new improvements included a new low-cost veterinary clinic with up to date technology and upgraded living space for both cats and dogs. Linda Torelli says people won't recognize the building after all the new expansions.

"This is such a more positive environment, for folks who are going to come here and adopt. We have improved the animal housing, along with people's access to the animals. We have created more free roaming rooms, and play yards for the animals as well. This is now a fun place to come adopt," said Torelli. 

One of the biggest transformations for the Brandywine Valley SPCA Georgetown location is changing it to a no kill community. The Brandywine Valley SPCA is the first open admission no-kill shelter in the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware. 

"One of the best examples I like to give on this new facility is what used to be a crematorium, is now a community room and a place of hope," Torelli said. 

Jill Musgrove and her husband lost their pet a year ago. They are ready to open up their hearts again to a new furry friend. They decided to rescue from the Brandywine SPCA after hearing Sussex County was a bringing a no kill shelter into the area. 

"We are very excited that our state has adopted that practice and it gives all dogs a chance," said Musgrove, a resident of Milford, Del. 

Walt Fenstermacher, the senior director of operations for the Brandywine Valley SPCA, says this new facility is also a  way to educate children at a young age on the importance of how to care for your pets. 

The Brandywine Valley SPCA Georgetown location is always looking for people to come adopt a furry friend. Hundreds of cats and dogs were rescued from Hurricane Dorian and taken to the Georgetown location. The shelter is currently honoring a deal call "Furricane" Dorian. The Brandywine SPCA is waving the adoption fee on any large dogs or any cat six months of age or older. 

 

 

 

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