ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB)- The Erie County SPCA is getting a big boost thanks to a local auto repair shop. Carubba Collision donated $10,000 raised during its annual golf tournament.
The donation will help pay for the organization’s new facility in West Seneca. It’s a project they’ve been working on for at least three years now.
The SPCA hopes to raise $12 million. They’ve raised about $10 million so far and told News 4 every donation will be matched.
The organization has been at its current facility since 1962 and animal welfare needs have changed over time. The SPCA said it serves about 10,000 animals every year. They’ve converted closets into offices and overflow space for animal cages.
The new facility will have about 18,000 additional square feet of space.
“This facility is over 50 years old and we have definitely outgrown it and we need updates,” said Beth Shapiro, the deputy director. “It will afford us to do more of what we do best, everything from wildlife to adoptions, domestics, and exotics. It affords us to push out into the community for our humane education departments, it affords us to do a whole lot more.”
They hope to break ground on the new facility by next spring. Construction is expected to take about a year.