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Animal Shelter in Clifton Park asked to move out of mall space

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CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. - A sector of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter in Clifton Park is looking for a new place to call home as the space they're in will soon be rented to a new tenant.

The adoption center has been open in Clifton Park Center since 2009, due to an overflow of animals at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, but is now looking for a new place to locate after the mall's general manager says they have a tenant interested in moving into the space.

The mall owners have donated the space to the animal shelter for the four years they have been there. Volunteers tell NEWS10 they've always known they could be re-locating. Now, it's become a reality and they have less than two weeks to figure out their next move.

"This was a trial run. It was supposed to last a year and it lasted four years," says long-time volunteer Terri Cook. "It would be great if we have a space in the next two weeks and we can bring the cats with us."

The shelter needs to be out by August 10th. They are working on finding a new space and homes for the 40 cats and kittens they are holding.

Since they have been renting the space for no cost, Animal Shelter Director Dan Butler says there are no hard feelings with the move. He says it's understandable the mall would want to collect rent on the space, which is a popular retail destination.

Volunteers say they will be forever grateful for the space. They have had over 2,200 pets adopted from the location.

The center says they are hoping to extend their hours in the next couple weeks to help get more adoptions.


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