$2.2 million New Bern animal shelter opens

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) – A new multi-million dollar animal shelter in the east celebrated their opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Saturday at 2 p.m., the new Colonial Capital Humane Society officially opened for the community to help find dogs and cats a forever home.

The $2.2 million state-of-the-art facility on 1860 Old Airport Road is a sight to see with a new surgical suite, memorial garden, meet-and-greet rooms for furry friends, and a cattery, a house made just for cats.

“We’re able to do training workshops, volunteer orientations, foster classes,” Colonial Capital Humane Society Board Member Diane Cappo said. “There’s just so many other types of events that we’re able to hold because of the additional space we have.”

Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate Colonial Capital’s new beginnings, with some remembering the endeavors in the old facility.

“We used to be in a single wide trailer held together by prayer and duct tape that housed about 90 cats,” Volunteer and Board Member Lisa Spensierie said.

With the old facility being made of campers, trailers, and outdoor kennels, Cappo said this new place is what they have always hoped for.

“We’ve always dreamed of being able to have a facility where we could host the community, and have wonderful events to show off our adoptable animals,” Cappo said.

The new facility was thanks to a community fundraising campaign that residents like Ginny Brosnan were honored to be a part of. After losing her brother-in-law, she wanted a way for his memory to live on through the Humane Society.

“We’re so excited to honor his memory today and to see this come together for all the animals in Craven County,” Brosnan said.

For more information on the new building, adoption, and foster programs, head to Colonial Capital Humane Society.