Official Groundbreaking of New ARLGP Shelter!

If you haven’t heard, it is an exciting time for us at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Tomorrow, we will officially celebrate the groundbreaking of our new shelter facility.

Located at our current location on Stroudwater Street in Westbrook, our new facility will be a destination location for adoption, community programs and services, events and more. The facility will be named the Arthur P. Girard Adoption Center in recognition of our long-time supporter who made a generous $1 million gift to the new facility.


This aerial image shows where the new ARLGP will be located in relationship to the current facility on Stroudwater Street.

The state-of-the-art, 25,000-square-foot facility will include a modern surgical center for care and spay/neuter services, isolation rooms for sick and injured animals, outdoor play areas, community walking trails, and a welcoming adoption center.  The new space will allow us to expand humane education programming to youth in our community as well as hold training classes and workshops onsite. We truly want the ARLGP to be a gathering space, for families and pets in our community– and beyond.

Tomorrow, ARLGP supporters, volunteers and community members will gather to mark this momentous occasion at our construction site. We are thrilled to welcome Westbrook Mayor, Colleen Hilton, to speak to the importance of this project and its significance to the Westbrook and Greater Portland community.

Patsy Murphy, our Executive Director, notes that this celebration is a milestone of importance for both the organization and community:  “I’m excited to see construction finally begin. The ARLGP will soon be a national leader in sheltering practices and services. This new facility will give us the ability to provide the highest level of care to animals in our community, our state, and beyond. We could not be more thankful to our supporters for this opportunity to better serve animals in need.”

To date, we have raised 5.2 million. We have 1.3million more to raise to meet our 6.5 million project goal. If you would like to be a part of this historic project and help us reach our goal, please consider making an online, tax-deductible donation to our Future Fund to help us care for animals in need.

Other key supporters of this project include the Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation and the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.  We thank them, and all of our supporters, volunteers and friends who believe in our mission to provide the highest level of care to animals in need.

The new facility is designed by Blue Sky Animal Care Architecture, specializing in animal shelters. Other key project members include Sebago Technics, RJ Grondin & Sons, and Allied Cook Construction.


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