Trustees approved the plans for the new facility last year after the adoption center raised nearly 50 percent of the $5 million needed for the development.
Dale Berry, vice-president of the board of trustees, was on hand with other township officials at the groundbreaking and said SICSA will be a wonderful addition to the community.
“We are so very pleased to have SICSA locating in Washington Township,” he said.
The new facility will extend SICSA’s adoption capacity to 89 percent, the adult and youth humane education programs to 50 percent, increase prevention focused community spay neuter animal outcomes by 70 percent, and create the opportunity for the introduction of a Low Income Wellness program.
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SICSA is a no-kill facility. In 2016, the center had 1,654 adoptions and just more than 26,000 volunteer hours, according to its website.
Vondrell said, “This is the community’s animal shelter, and we are always looking for volunteers and people to get involved. You name it and there are opportunities for people getting involved.”
For more information on volunteer opportunities or how to make a donation visit www.sicsa.org/future.
Vondrell said the agency’s current location, 2600 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, is expected to remain open for at least another year.
“We are still throwing around a lot of different ideas,” she said. “Certainly, we have to make sure the new space is ready for us, so the space we are in will be open for at least another year and there is still lots of discussions going on.”