May 21, 2018
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PAWS animal shelter looking to move to Camden

Courtesy of VisionAppraisal
Courtesy of VisionAppraisal
The Camden First Aid Association property on John Street in Camden is eyed by the PAWS Animal Adoption Center for its new home.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

CAMDEN, Maine — The PAWS Animal Adoption Center has filed an application with the town to move from its current location to the former Camden First Aid Association headquarters.

PAWS is under contract to buy the former First Aid building at 123 John St.

But the animal shelter needs a special exception approval for a permitted use at that site from the Camden Zoning Board of Appeals before it could operate there. The group will appear before the zoning board on Dec. 19.

PAWS states in its application that the adoption center would generate less traffic and less noise than the ambulance service that had operated out of the John Street site. The new location is about three-quarters of a mile from the current pet adoption center at 146 Camden St. in neighboring Rockport.

John Scholz, vice president of the adoption center board, said the board had developed a design for a new expanded facility at its Rockport site but that when the First Aid property became available, the group decided to pursue it.

Scholz did not want to divulge the proposed purchase price until the group closes on the sale. But he said that if the sale is finalized, the group will be able to reduce its capital campaign, which initially aimed to raise more than $2 million, by at least half of that amount.

“It fits our need perfectly,” Scholz said of the John Street property.

The dog park that is located next to the Rockport location will remain at that site, he said.

The adoption center serves communities from Belfast to Rockport.

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