The Town of Babylon’s new animal shelter in North Amityville is now open.

After 20-plus years of operating on 51 Lamar Street in West Babylon, the Babylon Animal Adoption and Rescue Center was unveiled at 80 New Highway over the weekend.

“The opening of this beautiful facility has been a long-time coming,” said Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer. “The staff and volunteers at our animal shelter are incredibly dedicated. They deserve the best working environment possible as they assist these animals and our residents.”

The new facility — which, according to Newsday cost nearly $10 million and was five years in the making —  features more space, upgraded animal housing, and improved air conditioning to prevent the spread of disease.

“Every feature of this facility was thoroughly discussed and planned out, with the health and well-being of our staff and the animals always being the number one concern,” said shelter director Chris Elton. “Everything that was put into this building is going to help us care and find homes for more animals than ever.”

In addition to the quality of life improvements, the new facility boasts a new modern lobby, new enticing entrance and a dedicated playroom for adopters.

According to town officials, the shelter at this time houses about 50 cats and 50 dogs that all up for adoption. Last year, the shelter saw over 500 adoptions.

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Top: Courtesy photo of the new Babylon Animal Shelter.