The Animal Welfare Society has been providing shelter and matching up furry pets with loving families for 54 years. Now they are about to get a little face lift.

Tuesday (April 2) was the official groundbreaking for the expansion and renovation at the Animal Welfare Society in New Milford, a "no kill" pet adoption facility.

Dignitaries, like New Milford Mayor Pete Bass, and many of the AWS staff members and volunteers, like Renee, Wendy and Melody, and friends of the Animal Welfare Society were all on hand as the first shovels of dirt were ceremoniously put into the ground to officially symbolize the start of the expansion.

The new construction will provide dogs and cats with additional rooms for health assessments and veterinary care, plus there will be improvements to the kennels and offices. You can also look for a bright new adoption area, where people can come and visit with their future pets. We had a chat with Renee and Wendy about the exciting new renovations:

Here's a look at the proposed renovation and addition to the AWS:

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Right now, the timeline for construction is through early December and that means a ribbon cutting ceremony close to the Holidays.

The Animal Welfare Society is located at 8 Dodd Road in New Milford. They are open late Tuesday nights until 7 PM, and Wednesday through Saturday you can view their pets from 11 AM  until 2 PM.