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Pet Rescue by Judy erects new million-dollar animal shelter in Sanford

Nonprofit rescue group says the project was built almost entirely on community donations



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The website remains an essential cog in Sarullo’s adoption process. Even in the new shelter, she won’t allow traditional walkthroughs – that stereotypical cruise down a lane of caged animals is not the ideal way to meet your match. Instead, every prospective pet owner will comb the website, choose an animal based on its profile and then arrange a time to meet their potential new family member in specially designated rooms at the shelter.

During construction, Pet Rescue by Judy has encountered struggles – a rotten column, one of six main support beams, was the biggest setback so far to renovating the circa-1920s buildings donated to the cause. “We are dealing with a building that was built in 1926 and that’s had its own set of adventures,” Elliott-Rink says.

But now they’ve overcome the biggest obstacles, and the next step is resolving funding and hoping that all those pieces fall into place so the rescue can be moved into its new home before the year is out.

“We’ve been very fortunate with that, finding all the right parts,” Sarullo says, which is ironic, considering that Pet Rescue by Judy ordinarily attracts only the most downtrodden mongrels.

Click the photo above to see 52 adorable and adoptable pets rescued by Judy.

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