The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Inc. introduced to the public its newly renovated Medical Wing Transport Center at the ARF Adoption Center in Wainscott on Saturday.
The $1 million renovation features two isolation rooms, new epoxy flooring, a modular T-Kennel system, a new drainage system, a walk-in bathing tub, a washer and dryer and a food prep area designed by Bacon Group, a leading architect of animal-holding facilities.
“All the animals first come through it before they can get what they need medically,” said Jamie Berger, ARF’s director of marketing and communications.
On Saturday, various breeds of dogs rescued from the streets of Puerto Rico occupied the space. The playful hound mixes and mellow shih tzus were held in smaller cages along the wall while the stalls meant for large dogs remained empty.
The space will also serve as the official Pet Evacuation Center for the Town of East Hampton. Ms. Berger said ARF works in partnership with East Hampton Town to give animals a place to stay for no charge in case of home evacuations that force owners to leave their pets behind.
For months, incoming cats and dogs were kept in rented trailers located in the Adoption Center’s rear parking lot. However, the organization said the new facility will greatly increase the comfort of the animals and the efficiency of the staff caring for them.
ARF is also currently in the process of applying for an expansion of the adoption center, which would include three additional buildings consisting of an 8,860 square foot dog training center, a 4,771 square foot dog sanctuary and a 4,771 square foot cat sanctuary.
Former ARF executive director and Bacon Group consultant Sarah Davison said construction will start as soon as 50 percent of the fundraising for the project is completed. She said she anticipates they will have obtained permits by early 2016.