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New York allocates $5M for animal shelter upgrades

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In a significant push to support animal welfare, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the availability of $5 million in state funds for enhancements to New York’s animal shelters.

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This initiative, coinciding with Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, marks the sixth installment of the Companion Animal Capital Fund—the first state-funded program in the U.S. aimed at shelter improvement. The fund will focus on infrastructure projects that are expected to promote the well-being of shelter animals and assist in increasing adoption rates for dogs and cats.

The Companion Animal Capital Fund, since its inception in 2017, has allocated over $33 million, contributing to 84 projects across the state. Managed by the Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM), the program awards matching grants to shelters for capital projects such as kennel renovations, medical facility improvements, and construction that leads to more efficient shelter operations. Grants are also intended for the acquisition of equipment essential for the housing and medical treatment of sheltered animals. AGM selects recipients based on criteria such as the necessity of the project, a comprehensive project description, and cost-effectiveness.

To distribute these funds, two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) have been issued, with more than $3.5 million set aside for municipal and nonprofit animal facilities, and over $1.1 million earmarked for shelters operating independently from municipal contracts. Applicants have until January 29, 2024, to submit their proposals. This strategic funding has been praised by officials like State Senator Michelle Hinchey and Assemblymember Donna Lupardo for the substantial improvements it brings to animal shelter conditions and the dedicated staff who manage these facilities.

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