The BC Humane Society is getting closer to its $1.2 million goal for construction of a new, larger, much needed shelter.

The Humane Society on Jackson Street in Binghamton has been bursting at the seams with a waiting list for taking in some animals and some overflow dogs and cats being cared for in homes by volunteers.

The charity also suffered a major setback when the shelter was flooded in 2011, but rebounded at its current location.

New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo of Endwell announced a $250,000 grant for the Humane Society’s construction plans.

The group still needs about $300,000 to meet its goal.

The new shelter is to be built on the South Side at the site of former Crowley factory facilities on Conklin Avenue and can take in 20 more dogs and 70 more cats.

Lupardo says she feels a personal connection to the BC Humane Society. The Democrat’s latest cat, Zoozoo, came from the shelter.