Krista McNallyNov 29, 2017, 5:34 pmNov 29, 2017, 5:40 pm

Rescued cats going cage-free in massive facility expansion

New North Shore Animal League building to also house more rescued dogs

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PORT WASHINGTON -- The North Shore Animal League America broke ground on a major expansion to a Long Island animal adoption center that has taken years of fundraising to become a reality.

North Shore Animal League spokesperson, Beth Stern, was elated that Wednesday marks the beginning of the construction of Bianca's Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center in Port Washington.

"It is a dream that is coming true. From four years of fundraisers, working with architects and believing that this day would be here. And here it is," she said.

It all started when long-time volunteer and foster parent Beth Stern had an idea to create a cage-free environment for the cats in the North Shore Animal League facility.

"For the new occupants of BFF, we wanted to make sure that everything was perfect for the cage-free environment we are giving them," said Joanne Yohannan, senior vice president of the North Shore Animal League America.

By placing all of the cats on the top floor of the new building, the downstairs area will allow the organization to house more rescued puppies.

"At the end of the day, we can save more than we already are," Stern said.

The organization hopes to provide the highest quality of care for animals at the new 14,000 square-foot facility.

"We want to be a one-stop place for anything related to animal welfare, adoption, education," said North Shore Animal League America President John Stevenson.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

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