Hochul Awards $5 Million for Animal Shelter Improvements

J.M. Lesinski

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently awarded roughly $5 million in funding to humane societies and not-for-profit animal shelters across New York state for the purposes of renovations, expansions, or the construction of new projects.

"New York's Companion Animal Capital Fund makes a true difference for shelters and humane societies across the state, helping them to make critical upgrades that ultimately mean better care for our dogs and cats as they await their forever homes," Hochul remarked of the funding. "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 supporting the great organizations that work to keep sheltered dogs and cats safe."

Receipients were selected by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) based on individual need for each project put forward. Awardees in the capital region include the Animal Protective Foundation of Schenectady, the Mohawk & Hudson Humane Society, Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans, and the Susquehanna SPCA, while awardees in the Hudson Valley region include the Humane Society of Westchester, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue, Inc., the Sullivan County SPCA, and the Ulster County SPCA.

"I am delighted to see so many well-deserving animal shelters receiving support from our Companion Animal Capital Fund,” stated New York State Assemblymember Donna Lupardo of the funding. “My committee has regularly prioritized funding to assist with the expansion, renovation or construction of new shelter facilities. As a person who has adopted several cats from my local shelter, I am very supportive of the work they do and the care that they provide for homeless animals. Our first in the nation fund is a model we can all be proud of."

Awardees in the Long Island region include the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Bidawee, Inc., and the towns of Brookhaven and Hempstead, while awardees in the Western New York region include the Chautauqua County Humane Society, the Hornell Area Humane Society, Pet Pride of New York, and the Ten Lives Club.

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