Construction of Shelton Animal Shelter begins

Animal Shelter Building Committee members pose with city officials and those involved in the design and construction during the ground-breaking ceremony.


An official ground-breaking took place this week for the $1.4-million Shelton Animal Shelter being built on Riverdale Avenue at Brewster Lane. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Animal Shelter Building  Committee members were joined by city officials as well as those involved in the design and construction phases of the project.

Gerry Craig, left, Animal Shelter Building Committee chairman, with Greg Raucci, owner of Bismark Construction, the company selected to construct the shelter.

The shelter should open next March and will be able to house 30 dogs and 20 cats.

Animal Shelter Building Committee members are Gerry Craig, chairman; Steve Martino, vice chairman; A.J. Grasso, Linda Hooper, Irene McCoy, Tony Minopoli and Roberta Reynolds. Gail Craig, Gerry’s wife, served as recording secretary.

Building Committee member Linda Hooper holds a dog-and-cat weathervane she purchased at an antique store for the new shelter.
A rendering of the new Shelton Animal Shelter on Riverdale Avenue designed by Bridgeport-based Wiles Architects to have a residential look.
Shelton Public Works Director Paul DiMauro, left, talks with Brandt J. Jobst of Wiles & Architects.
Mayor Mark Lauretti speaks at the event.
Bismark Construction hard hats at the ground-breaking ceremony.
A rendering by Wiles Architects of the shelter’s adoption room, designed to resemble a living room.
Site work takes place at the Riverdale Avenue property where the shelter building will be constructed.
Brandt J. Jobst of Bridgeport-based Wiles Architects discusses the design of the facility.