New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced a $7.6 million fund that will help animal shelters and humane societies across the state complete renovation, expansion, and construction projects. Known as the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund, the funding will support 21 shelters and societies, including two in New York City and four in Long Island.
The Animal Care & Control of NYC, which operates facilities in all five boroughs, will receive more than $143,000 to outfit its new shelter system with updated equipment, install new kennel tops and washers and dryers, and replace an aged water heater. The Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition will receive almost $165,000 for a shelter expansion including a full-service medical suite and new cat wards dedicated to health and compatibility, and to carry out window replacement.
Projects awarded in Nassau and Suffolk County account for $800,000 of funding.
“Animal shelters and humane societies across New York provide essential care for dogs and cats as they await their new families and forever homes,” Governor Hochul said. “New York’s Companion Animal Capital Fund is making a real difference for our shelters and humane societies, and the animals in their care, helping them make critical upgrades to better care for the animals and provide greater support for the staff and volunteers that care for them.”
Across the state, awarded projects include new animal living spaces and medical facilities, improved outdoor spaces, mechanical upgrades, and modernization projects. Since the launch of the Companion Animal Capital Fund program in 2017, the state has dedicated over $33 million to the program.
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 New York State 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.