The long-awaited expansion of the BC Humane Society shelter is closer to reality.

Ground has been broken on a new animal shelter on Conklin Avenue in the City of Binghamton that will almost double the space for dogs and cats that are housed at the current shelter on Jackson Street.

The Humane Society is still looking for contributions to help pay for the expansion.

The current shelter has been more than maxed out for some time and officials have said they rely heavily on foster homes to take care of the over-flow.