BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - 21 years ago, Nexstar Media Group, the parent company of NewsChannel 34, was founded with one local news station in Scranton.
NewsChannel 34 took part in the festivities by helping the Broome County Humane Society clean up and move to its newly opened shelter.
The Broome County Humane Society is moving to a new location at 167 Conklin Avenue in Binghamton.
The facility is fully operational, but volunteers are still cleaning and moving things from the old shelter to the new one.
As part of our Nexstar Media Group company-wide 'Day of Caring', our entire staff decided to pitch in and help with the effort.
This year, NewsChannel 34 is looking to clean the home of an organization trying to find pets a forever home.
Our day started out with washing and rinsing cages and kennels so they can be utilized by animals at the new Humane Society.
"We want to make sure that everything is clean and there's nothing for mice to get into. Everything needs to be disinfected properly so when we need to bring products to the new building, they'll be free of any germs may have been lingering here," said Shelter Manager Amberly Andrea.
We scrubbed out all of the old food and gunk lying around the main area where dogs and cats used to be housed.
Even I took a break from filming to help out as well to show Joe from our Production Department how to use some elbow grease.
While we put in a hard day's work, the Humane Society staff has been cleaning, organizing and packing for quite some time.
"We've been moving for 2 and a half weeks between animals and supplies. Our staff and volunteers have been working very hard. We appreciate anything that they do. When new volunteers want to come in and help, it makes everything ten times better," said Andrea.
And with our help with the dirty work, time was freed up for employees to concentrate on their smooth transition.
"Our staff can focus on the animals and getting situated at the new building. The cleaning here still has to be done. We're very grateful for everyone coming down to help today," said Andrea.
Our Day of Caring may have come to an end, but NewsChannel 34's commitment to our community will continue to carry on.
If you want to help out the Humane Society, you can donate money or items from their wish list, like Purina cat and kitten chow.
You can see the whole list at BCHumaneSOC.com.
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