$5 Million to Support Animal Shelter Upgrades

J.M. Lesinski
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This week is Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. In line with the appreciation week, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the allocation of roughly $5 million for critical infrastructure upgrades and the support of human societies and animal shelters. 

“New York State’s Companion Animal Capital Fund has made a real difference to shelters across the state and the animals in their care,” stated Hochul of the funding. “I’m proud that the funding announced today will continue to build on the great work of this program, helping New York’s animals stay happy and healthy as they await their forever homes."

To be administered by the Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM), the program will aim to provide matching grants to humane societies and animal shelters to help offset costs associated with proposed projects, helping reduce their overall operational expenditures in the process. 

“Thanks to Governor Hochul and the legislature’s continued support of the Companion Animal Capital Fund program, we can continue to help shelters make critical improvements that will ensure better conditions for the animals in their care,” New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball remarked of the funding. “It has been great to tour some of the completed projects that this program has funded in recent years, and I look forward to seeing what exciting projects this round of funding will support.”

The AGM will select grant recipients based on project descriptions, cost reasonableness, and on a need assessment. 

“The Companion Animal Capital Fund has been one of the most consequential capital programs for homeless companion animals in the state, and perhaps, the nation,” commented Executive Director of the New York Animal Protection Federation Libby Post of the funding. “We’ve seen new shelters built, facilities upgraded and standards of care enhanced. The Federation thanks Governor Hochul for including this funding in her budget and State Assemblymember Deborah Glick and Senator Joseph Addabbo for championing the fund in their respective houses.”

All applications will be due at approximately 4 p.m. on January 29, 2024.

“The hardworking staff and volunteers at animal shelters and SPCAs throughout New York State provide loving care to animals as they wait to be adopted into their forever families,” New York State Senator Michelle Hinchey noted of the funding. “Thanks to the Companion Animal Capital Fund, we've seen needed upgrades and improvements made to many local facilities, enhancing the well-being of our shelter animals. I'm proud to have helped champion this program in the State Budget, and I’m grateful to Governor Hochul for extending another round of this important grant funding to our state's shelters."

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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