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Walters turns paws for concern into $1m donation.

The Waiters Group has completed construction on a $1 million southern Ocean County Animal Shelter that is part of Stafford Business Park, a 370-acre mixed-use redevelopment. The old shelter will be demolished at the final phase of the landfill closure. In exchange for redevelopment of the old facility, The Waiters Group has donated the cost of construction and materials to rebuild a state-of-the-art facility.

The improved 5,000 s/f facility, operated by the Ocean County Health Department, provides numerous advantages for the housing and treatment of stray dogs and cats. Dr. Ella Boyd, Public Health Coordinator for the Ocean County Health Department, explains that the new air-conditioned facility is larger and more convenient. There are major improvements in traffic flow throughout the building. Additionally, the shelter features isolation areas to separate dogs that may be vicious or need to be quarantined, new cages, indoor/outdoor dog runs, and surgical facilities. An improved ventilation system with a filtration system will help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. "We also hope to encourage more traffic from potential adopters," adds Boyd.

The Stafford shelter is one of two facilities operated by the county; the northern location is in Jackson. Staff members run the facility, which is open seven days a week. Animals at the shelter are available for adoption at a fee that includes examination by a veterinarian, vaccinations, worming and spaying/neutering. An active volunteer group assists with adoptions, donations and other projects. Construction of Stafford Park has been progressing on schedule, according to Ed Waiters, founder and partner of the Walters Group.
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Date:Sep 24, 2008
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