Architectural rendering of SAVE’s new shelter facility.

SAVE, a Friend to Homeless Animals, is set to break ground on a new facility in Blawenburg Nov. 15.

The new facility on the Van Zandt property is set to replace SAVE’s current shelter located at 900 Herrontown Road in Princeton.

After 40 years, the shelter is in rough shape and is an inadequate in size to properly serve the Princeton area. The new facility is situated on 12 acres.

The historic James Van Zandt House was donated to SAVE by a couple several years ago. Their vision, then and now, was an aesthetically positive and a completely functional facility.

Over the next 10 months, a 10,000 square foot modern shelter will be built adjacent to the Van Zandt House, which has been renovated to serve as the administrative building of SAVE by Max Hayden Architect.

The new facility will allow SAVE to achieve its mission of sheltering up to 75 cats and 25 dogs.

Additionally, with its new shelter SAVE aims to give dogs and cats the best “temporary home” while they await adoption, offer animal health and welfare services on a larger scale, provide bonding rooms for families to become acquainted with shelter pets, dedicate areas for dog training areas and orientation classes for staff, volunteers and the public, give volunteers the opportunity to walk dogs in a safe and peaceful setting and expand SAVE’s programs and services to Montgomery Township.

SAVE is a private shelter and animal welfare organization dedicated to protecting the health and well being of companion animals in the greater Princeton area. Through six core programs of Rescue, Shelter, Health and Welfare, Spay/Neuter, Adoption and Humane Education, SAVE strives to substantially reduce animal overpopulation and the corresponding euthanasia of adoptable and treatable animals.

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