September 20, 2013

CATS to help make trails for dogs


---- — ELIZABETHTOWN — The North Country SPCA and Champlain Area Trails (CATS) are teaming up to develop dog-walking trails at the new Frances Miller Adoption Center in Elizabethtown. 

They invite volunteers of all ages to take part in a trail-making project set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

“One of the great features about the new shelter is that we have 18 acres to walk the dogs,” said David Reuther of the SPCA in a press release. 

“We contacted CATS to help determine the routes and how to develop them. After walking around the property with CATS staff and volunteers, we selected 11 trails that the dogs and their walkers will like.”

“This is a new kind of trail for us,” said CATS Executive Director Chris Maron in the release. 

“Our trails have been for people with the understanding that some will bring their dogs along. The (SPCA) trails are primarily for walking dogs, so we considered what a dog might like to see, smell and hear along the trail. 

“We also wanted some variety so the dogs would look forward to new experiences.”


Volunteers from both organizations and the community will work together to clear the trails, remove fallen logs and cut brush.

“The most challenging project will be to create a trail along a little brook where the land slopes down to the water,” Reuther said. 

“We’ll have to move some stones so we can build up the trail and make it level. We thank CATS and its trail expert, Bill Amadon, for advice on dealing with this challenge.”

Maron and Reuther said that such projects emphasize the importance of partnerships to accomplish shared goals. 

“We are so pleased that the NCSPCA sought our advice,” added Maron. “They provide a wonderful service to the North Country, and we are glad to help.”


The volunteers will be invited to tour the new, state-of-the-art shelter, Reuther said.

“This beautiful facility was designed by the award-winning architects who invented the modern shelter. Our building is the prototype for small animal shelters around the country.”

Volunteers for the trail-making project will meet at the shelter, 7700 Route 9N, between the Northway and Elizabethtown. 

They are asked to bring gloves, loppers, hand saws and shovels. CATS will also provide tools. 

For more information, call 962-2287 or email