Governor Hochul Announces Nearly $5 Million to Support Improvements to Animal Shelters

Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that nearly $5 million has been awarded to 17 animal shelters and nonprofit humane societies through the fourth round of the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund. The funding will support construction, renovation and expansion projects that will provide animal care. As the first nation in the nation to fund capital projects for animal shelters, New York State continues to demonstrate its commitment to ensuring safe housing and care for protected dogs and cats while awaiting adoption, including through increased appropriations for the fifth program cycle. in the FY2023 approved budget.

“The Companion Animal Capital Fund of New York is making a real difference to shelters and humane societies across the state, helping them make critical improvements that ultimately mean better care for our dogs and cats in waiting for their forever home”, Governor Hochul said. “I was proud to include funding for this program in my executive budget this year – the first time in history – and my administration will continue to support the great organizations working to keep protected dogs and cats safe. “

Since the launch of the Companion Animal Capital Fund program in 2017, administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Markets, the state has committed $20 million to 57 projects. This year, Governor Hochul included the Companion Animal Capital Fund in her proposed executive budget, a first for the program and a demonstration of her ongoing commitment to New York’s companion animals. In the New York State budget for fiscal year 2023, the program received a historic $8 million for its next cycle.

The fourth round of funding awarded builds on previous initiatives to offset costs associated with capital projects run by New York State animal shelters. Projects funded this year include new living spaces for additional cats, new medical facilities, and shelter renovations to include additional kennels.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets selects grant recipients based on a needs assessment, detailed project description, and reasonableness of costs. Further recognizing the importance of this program, for the first time this year, the state also expanded eligibility to include shelters that had previously received this fund and completed their projects, as well as shelters without a municipal contract. serving underserved areas.

The following shelters received awards in this round of the program:

Capital Region

  • Animal Protective Foundation of Schenectady: $492,563 for medical supplies, tiled floors, new isolation areas and increased dog housing capacity.
  • Mohawk & Hudson Humane Society: $500,000 for a new veterinary suite that helps separate sick dogs from healthy dogs.
  • Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans: $440,347 to renovate a recently purchased building to increase canine and feline housing capacity as well as a cat condo and isolation area.
  • Susquehanna SPCA: $143,289 to purchase veterinary equipment, including a stationary x-ray machine, dental x-ray machine, laser therapy equipment and surgical cautery tools to provide improved medical care for animals.

Hudson Valley

  • Humane Society of Westchester: $125,000 for resurfacing outdoor dog runs, a retaining wall for the dog park, and new cages and flooring for the cat area.
  • Paws Crossed Animal Rescue, Inc.: $200,000 for a new adoption area, cat rooms, and meeting and foster rooms. The addition of a veterinary clinic, a community hall and staff offices is also planned.
  • Sullivan County SPCA: $100,000 for an HVAC system, new kennel doors, gates and fencing that will promote animal health, safety and comfort.
  • Ulster County SPCA: $250,510 for a total renovation of their kennel as well as new paint and flooring.

Long Island

  • Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons: $200,000 for a new pressure washing, plumbing and HVAC system to support animal health, safety and comfort.
  • Bidawee, Inc: $200,000 for a brand new state-of-the-art HVAC system.
  • Town of Brookhaven: $146,500 for the renovation of a shelter to include additional kennels, a dedicated food preparation area, and a meeting and hospitality area.
  • Town of Hempstead: $52,000 for shelter upgrades and upgrades, including improved drainage and lighting.

upstate new york

  • Jefferson County SPCA: $189,767 to expand services in a new veterinary wing for sick or injured pets. This will leave room for dental procedures, surgeries, pre-op care, post-op care, and a treatment area for injured animals.

Western New York

  • Chautauqua County Humane Society: $159,677 for increased security, window replacement, an HVAC system and generator expansion.
  • Hornell Area Humane Society: $346,875 for expansion of cattery and expansion of space for canine behavior and training sessions. Additional areas will be renovated, including a new food preparation area and a separate area for cleaning supplies.
  • Pet Pride of New York: $200,000 for renovations and additions to a new wing of the shelter that will include admission, isolation, veterinary areas as well as a laundry room, staff washrooms and rest room for staff.
  • Ten Lives Club: $200,000 to expand and improve the shelter for their cats. Four new living areas will provide space for additional cats, and the addition of an HVAC system will provide clean air.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said: “Through visits to shelter renovations funded by this program, we have seen the impact of New York’s Companion Animal Capital Fund on the care of housed animals until they find their forever homes. to thank the Governor, members of our assembly and senators for ensuring that this essential program continues to be funded.With the funding available in this year’s state budget, we were able to select a more many shelters to receive assistance and provide increased support for the animals in their care.

State Senator Michelle Hinchey said: “Every animal living in New York City deserves a safe, nurturing shelter while waiting for their forever home. As a strong supporter of the Companion Animal Capital Fund, I’m proud to see so many deserving shelters across the state, but especially in our district, receive significant investments for projects that will improve the lives of the animals they serve and prepare them for successful adoptions.”

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. said: “This level of funding for our nonprofit animal shelters and humane societies will dramatically expand animal care here in New York. It will make a positive difference in the lives of cats, dogs and other animals while they wait for their adoption. I’m proud to stand with my colleagues in government in allocating this money to this incredible cause.”

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said: “I am thrilled to see so many well-deserving animal shelters receiving support from our Pet Capital Fund. My committee has consistently prioritized funding to help with expansion, renovation or construction. new shelters. As someone who has adopted several cats from my local shelter, I am very supportive of the work they do and the care they provide for homeless animals. Our first national fund is a model that we can all be proud.

Assemblyman Deborah J. Glick said: “The Companion Animal Capital Fund is a critical investment in our state’s animal shelters. I commend Governor Hochul for this vital funding that ensures our most needy dogs, cats and other animals are treated humanely while awaiting their homes for The dedicated staff and volunteers at Animal Shelters across the state provide incredible care and compassion and this funding will ensure the capital needs of shelters are met. Without this funding, shelters would struggle to provide the exceptional animal care and support they do every day.

New York Humane Federation executive director Libby Post said: “The Fund has made an incredible difference for shelters across the state. This year’s budget, FY23, includes $8 million for the fund, which is an increase of more than 50% from previous budgets. We are very grateful to Governor Hochul for investing $5 million in his budget proposal – the first time it has been included in the executive budget – and to our legislative champions, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and Senator of State Joseph Addabbo for securing an additional $3 million. The fund will continue to improve standards of care for homeless pets across New York and sets the standard for the nation.”

According to the New York State Animal Welfare Federation, more than 150,000 animals are brought to nonprofit, city-run shelters and humane societies each year. The New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund will help these organizations continue to provide shelter services to local communities, promote better animal care and facilitate more adoptions.

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