Future Of Horseheads Animal Shelter Unclear

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History may be repeating itself once again for the Horseheads Animal Shelter, as talks of a permanent closure are back on the table after nearly two years.

Back in 2014, a proposed closure entered the picture for the shelter in an attempt to offset falling tax revenue.

While community support for the shelter remains strong years later, the future for the organization is now unclear once again.

Nancy Parks-Crowley volunteers at the Horseheads Animal Shelter, and she remembers two years ago when the community rallied together to save the shelter from closing.

Parks-Crowley said just last month, Supervisor Michael Edwards told her he was not closing the shelter, which is already included in the 2016 town budget.

The Town Supervisor’s recent recommendation to close the shelter within two months came as a shock to supporters. 

“We were all kind of blindsided by that because no one saw it coming,” said Parks-Crowley. “I think with the community support behind us we can convince the board to let us stay open until we can find other options.”

She and many other volunteers are left confused after a recent donation made by Friends Of The Horseheads Animal Shelter, commonly referred to as FOTHAS.

“FOTHAS had just given them a check for $10,000 in good faith that the shelter was remaining open they had accepted that check so they probably want it back if they’re there thinking about closing it,” said Parks-Crowley. “But at this point it’s all kind of speculation.”

Phone calls made by 18 NEWS to Edwards were not returned.

There is no hard date for the closing, volunteers who are working to find a solution said worst case scenario, doors could close four months from now.

If the shelter cannot adopt all of the pets out before the closure, some will go to other shelters, but none will be euthanized.

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