Rescue breaks ground for new center

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Owners, employee and friends of Greenmore Farm Animal Shelter in West Grove hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new animal adoption center on Jan. 17.

Greenmore Farm Animal Rescue conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a new adoption center that could help the facility adopt out more pets.

Greenmore is a nonprofit no-kill facility that accepts animals from around the world. Located in West Grove, it’s been operating since 2010 and currently houses about 60 animals on average. Not all animals are dogs and cats. They also have a miniature horse, a peacock and an emu.

Julia Altman and Jack Merritt with Pippi, a 1-year-old Jack Russel/beagle mix that’s up for adoption.

Jack Merritt, Greenmore’s director of community outreach, said the new 1,260 square foot structure could be up in just a few weeks. Currently, he said, they adopt out up to 10 animals per week but hope the hope is the new building will enable them to double that number.

Julia Altman, who is also part of the Greenmore team, said the new building would also allow pregnant dogs to whelp in a warmer and quieter building than the kennel.

Merritt said the new building will cost about $80,000 — about $30,000 more than originally anticipated. However, more than half the money — about $46,000 — has already been raised through grants.

Fundraising efforts continue. People may donate directly or buy an engraved brick that will be used in the courtyard area of the new center. To learn more about the rescue or to donate, go to


About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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