The Riverhead Town Board is moving forward with plans to move its animal shelter from Youngs Avenue to the Henry Pfeifer Community Center at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, but the move isn’t likely to be started until sometime in the fall.
Board members said at their public work session Thursday that there’s a recreation department program using the Pfeifer Center over the summer, so officials will wait until fall to begin plans to move the animal shelter from Youngs Avenue to the River Road/Grumman Boulevard building.
The town will be able to use money raised by the nonprofit Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter group, headed by Denise Lucas, to pay for renovations to the Pfeifer building. The nonprofit North Fork Animal Welfare League, which is now running the town’s animal shelter, also has a $300,000 bequest that must be used for a new animal shelter that is not owned by the town.
That facility can be located on town land next to the Pfeifer building, officials said.
Reporter Tim Gannon reported live from the meeting; click below.