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Southwick Couple Uses Savings to Build New Animal Control and Adoption Center

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SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WGGB)- Opening this week is a brand new Animal Control and Adoption Center in Southwick.

For years Animal Control Officer, Tracy Root, has taken care of her four legged friends in an old run-down building.
“The dog cages are very old,” she explains as she walks ABC40’s Brittany Decker through the aisle of the small facility.

No animal leaves without getting thoroughly vaccinated. And for that, the shelter relies solely on donations.
“I have a couple of money canisters around town that I collect once a week; it’s really tough,” Root goes on to explain.

Two years ago Southwick resident, Bob Polverari, came to adopt a cat for his daughter. After seeing a space the size of a one car garage, he wanted to help.

“My wife, Barbara, and I started talking and I started drawing pictures and I said let’s build them a building!”

Three months ago the construction project began, and now it is ready for the grand opening. Across the lot from the old building, now stands a brand new state- of- the- art facility.

“There’s a new law in the state that there needs to be a quarantine room. It needs a sink its own heat and ventilation system,” says Bob as he reveals one of the new rooms.

It is valued at a half million dollars. The Polverari’s used their own savings the create the center just right. The 2400 sq. ft. area has a new adoption room, service area to wash the animals, and a kitchen.

There is a room for cats to run around free and special kennels for the dogs that lead outside to a play area.

“It’s a dream come true! When Bob said he wanted to build a new shelter, I about fell on my face!” said Root.

Southwick’s new Animal Control facility, is named after Bob and Barbara Polverari. However, their satisfaction comes from the bottom of their heart, just knowing the animals will be comfortable while Tracy finds them a new home.

To celebrate the opening of the new Animal Control Facility and Adoption Center, they are having a dinner this Saturday, October 19th.
It will be held at Roma restaurant in Southwick. All proceeds will go to medical procedures and medicine for the animals.

Tickets are $30 and you can purchase them at Moolicious Farm in Southwick.
The ticket gets you a tour of the new building at 11 depot street from 3-4 PM.
Cocktail Hour & Dinner 4pm at Roma Restaurant, 561 college highway

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