Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $4.5 million has been awarded to 13 animal shelters and humane societies across the state through the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund.
The funding will support construction, renovation and expansion projects that will enhance animal care and health, and help ensure adoptions for New York’s dogs and cats. This is the second round of the Companion Animal Capital Fund, the first state-funded program in the nation to support critical improvement projects at animal shelters.
“New York is proud to be home to the first program in the country dedicated to supporting local animal shelters and humane societies improve their facilities and better care for the animals they serve,” Governor Cuomo said. “This continued funding will better equip facilities across the state to provide for the animals in their care, promote the health of both pets and people, and help to encourage adoptions.”
“Animal shelters are vital to ensuring the care and safety of cats and dogs in our communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This funding will allow shelters to expand and make improvements, ensuring quality services for animals at facilities across the state. We want to make sure that all cats and dogs who are up for adoption find families who provide them with a good, loving home.”
Funded in the 2018-19 State Budget, the Companion Animal Capital Fund provides matching grants to shelters and humane societies to offset the costs associated with capital projects such as renovating dog kennels, improving medical facilities, or building more efficient shelters to reduce overall operational costs. Funds are also used to construct, renovate, rehabilitate, or acquire buildings or equipment needed to house, treat, and care for sheltered dogs and cats.
Competitive grants were awarded to shelters based on need and the readiness of projects.
Montgomery County SPCA (Amsterdam, Montgomery County) recieved $500,000 to construct a new facility that significantly increases capacity, sanitation, physical wellbeing, and behavioral health.
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets administers the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund. According to the New York State Animal Protection Federation, more than 150,000 animals annually are brought to non-profit and municipality-run shelters and humane societies.
The NYS Companion Animal Capital Fund will help these organizations continue to provide sheltering services to local communities, promote better care for the animals, and facilitate more adoptions.