Regional Animal Shelter Under Construction

A $100K Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant is being used to renovate and build new to the existing building in Clinton.


Construction is underway on the new regional animal shelter in town that will be shared by Westbrook and possibly Killingworth. The shelter, which will be newly renovated, is located on the grounds of the Department of Public Works facility on Nod Road.

A $100,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant is being used to fund the project.

More than a year ago, plans were almost set in place to build a new $300,000 regional animal shelter in Westbrook that would be shared by the two towns. The idea made sense, because Westbrook was losing their existing animal shelter and gaining a new town garage at the state Department of Transportation (DOT) facility off Route 145. The new animal shelter was planned to be part of the town garage/DOT complex.

Former State Representative James Crawford, Clinton First Selectman Willie Fritz, Westbrook First Selectman Noel Bishop, and current State Representative Tom Vicino proposed that renovating the existing Clinton facility and regionalizing its services and costs would save money.

The grant could be transferred from one project to the other.

The construction work will take about two to three months, depending upon the weather.

Donna Cavanaugh, animal control officer for Clinton Police Department, said she is using the services of Madison's animal shelter in the interim.

Jay January 28, 2013 at 01:48 PM
how about having the animal control officer send you a pict of every adoptable animal for you to post ?
Fay Abrahamsson January 28, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Jay - Thanks for reinforcing this idea. Patch is working with the animal control officer, Donna Cavanaugh, right now on this. Our site allows folks to post their own events and announcements so she will be able to post a photo and description of the animal and we will help her promote it. It's a win-win for all. Thanks!!


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