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APF expansion hampered by zoning issues

Public hearing on rezone set after proposal hits variance snag

Veterinarian Julie Whipple performs a spay surgery on a cat at the Animal Protective Foundation in Glenville.

Veterinarian Julie Whipple performs a spay surgery on a cat at the Animal Protective Foundation in Glenville. Submitted photo

— The Animal Protective Foundation had hoped for a speedy approval on plans to expand its Glenville facility, but some unexpected hurdles must first be cleared.

The Glenville Town Board will hold a public hearing at its Wednesday, July 18, meeting on the proposed zoning change from Research, Development and Technology (RDT) to General Business (GB) for the APF property. The town last rezoned the property in 2001.

The APF is planning an approximately 2,200-square-foot spay and neuter clinic building to be attached to the current facility, at a cost of $700,000. Improvements to the existing 9,000-square-foot structure would also be made under the project, as well as altering the parking lot to allow for more spaces.

Rosalie Ault, executive director of the APF, said the organization started working in-house with other groups to spay and neuter animals in 2006, but demand has exceeded the current facility’s capabilities. Ault said the APF has been in operation for more than 80 years.

“We will be able to amp up the volume and try to get more animals spayed and neutered and as a result have less animals homeless and on the streets,” Ault said. “Spay and neuter is part of our vision and mission to help end the overpopulation problem.”

Ault said the organization started raising funds for the new facility about a year ago and is “just about halfway” to securing the total needed. She hopes the funds can be raised by the fall to start moving forward “more aggressively.”

The organization spays and neuters around 3,000 cats annually, and it’s hoping to double the amount of animals receiving treatment after the expansion.

Though there are more stray cats than dogs, she said, requests to spay and neuter dogs have increased in number, but the APF can’t answer the call.

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