When the final votes were taken on the FY18-19 State Budget, it included $5 million in new funding for the Companion Animal Capital Fund which helps to support building projects at the state’s network of animal shelters. In the first year of the program, 29 shelters asked for over $13 million in funding. 14 shelters across the state received just under $5 million.
“This funding is crucial to the well-being of the animals we care for in shelters across New York. The new shelters that will be built or the improvements to existing shelters are a testament to how important this funding is,” said Libby Post, Executive Director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation. “The continued support of the Governor and the Legislature will help the thousands of companion animals who cross our thresholds,”
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets oversees the Companion Animal Capital Fund. The first round of awards were made late February.