The New York State Animal Protection Federation is asking each house to add the $5 million Companion Animal Capital Fund in your respective budget bills. Our 2021 Shelter Capital Needs Survey so far shows that there are 26 shelters in New York with capital needs of $56.7 million. We are also asking that the budget language be changed to provide parity for shelters that do not have municipal contracts. They provide needed sheltering services in their communities and deserve the right to compete for funding.
On January 21, 2020, the third RFP process for the Companion Animal Capital Fund closed. Awards were made to 12 shelters and following outreach to the Division of the Budget and the Governor’s Office, these contracts were executed despite the COVID19 pandemic. With these awards, the Fund has granted close to $15,000,000 to shelters across New York. We couldn’t have completed this RFP process without the leadership of the Senate and Assembly. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, the Fund, like the majority of capital funding, was not included in the FY20-21 state budget
The Companion Animal Capital Fund is the first in the nation funding stream for capital projects at New York’s network of animal shelters. To date, 38 shelters have received funding in the first three years of the program. Please see the addendum to this letter for the full list of grantees. As you can see from this chart, the physical plants of the shelters that have responded so far to our 2021 capital needs shelters are in great need of replacement or repair.
Western New York
Town of Marilla (Marilla, Erie County): $94,070 for a new building with separate runs, install non-porous material in kennels and access to the outside area, a new HVAC system, lighting, heated flooring, and a new isolation area.
Town of Lancaster (Lancaster, Erie County, NYSAPF Member): $228,750 to support a new building with epoxy flooring, new kennels, new drains, a new HVAC system, floor sink, exercise yard, and garage.
Humane Society of Yates County (Penn Yan, Yates County, NYSAPF Member, assisted by NYSAPF Ed Fund Grant Writer): $500,000 to build an addition that houses modern dog kennels, purchase sound panels, and improve drainage. Funding will also allow in-floor heating, a new HVAC system and the construction of enclosed outdoor runs.
Livingston County (Mount Morris, Livingston County): $112,500 to support the construction of a new intake area for new dogs, replacement of old kennels, addition of four new isolation kennels, four new primary enclosures for overflow, and an attached and enclosed garage.
Ontario County Humane Society, Inc. (Canandaigua, Ontario County): $363,030 to support two isolation areas, repair kennels, epoxy surfaces, install new indoor/outdoor runs, build an outdoor play area, install cat condos, HVAC system.
Central New York
Central New York SPCA (Syracuse, Onondaga County, NYSAPF Member, assisted by NYSAPF Ed Fund Grant Writer): $172,490 to support the shelter’s roof replacement.
Wanderer’s Rest Humane Association (Canastota, Madison County, NYSAPF Member, assisted by NYSAPF Ed Fund Grant Writer): $450,000 for a new building, HVAC system, kennels, isolation area, and separation for dogs and cats.
Pets Alive, Inc. (Middletown, Orange County, NYSAPF Member, assisted by NYSAPF Ed Fund Grant Writer): $500,00 to replace the current kennel with a new modern dog kennel building, improve medical facilities for the animals, and provide dedicated space for adoption and intake.
Town of Saugerties (Saugerties, Ulster County, NYSAPF Member, assisted by NYSAPF Ed Fund Grant Writer): $500,000 for a new building, indoor and outdoor dog housing, isolation kennels, to install proper drainage, floor heating, and a multi-level exercise and training area.
South Hampton Animal Shelter Foundation, Inc. (Hampton Bays, Suffolk County, NYSAPF Member, assisted by NYSAPF Ed Fund Grant Writer): $500,000 for a new Behavior Training Center, which allows trainers to work with dogs in need of rehabilitation year-round.
Town of Huntington (East Northport, Nassau County): $500,000 for a new dog shelter with increased kennel size, a HVAC system, new kennels, along with improved lighting and acoustic control.
Town of North Hempstead (Manhasset, Nassau County): $200,000 for new kennels, new windows, renovate the multi-purpose room, HVAC system, update electrical and plumbing, and install new grooming tub and flooring.
Humane Society of Port Jervis-Deer Park, Inc. (Port Jervis, Orange County; NYSAPF Member, assisted by NYSAPF Ed Fund Grant Writer): $367,500 to increase capacity, repair damage, improve housing quality, and separate living areas for dogs and cats.
Humane Society of Westchester (New Rochelle, Westchester County): $500,000 to expand and upgrade its facilities by adding a new structure to improve animal socialization, training, and community education.
Rockland County Department of Health/Hi-Tor Animal Care Center (Pomona, Rockland County; NYSAPF Member): $500,000 to replace the current animal shelter to improve enclosures, surfaces, drainage, air quality, lighting, and noise control.
Dutchess County SPCA, Inc. (Hyde Park, Dutchess County; NYSAPF Member, assisted by NYSAPF Ed Fund Grant Writer): $312,381 to renovate its 60-year-old facility to improve animal housing, ventilation, and flooring to ensure the safety, sanitation, and health of humans and animals.
Warwick Valley Humane Society, Inc. (Warwick, Orange County): $500,000 to construct a new facility to improve sanitation, drainage, lighting, and ventilation for improved overall animal wellbeing.
North Fork Animal Welfare League, Inc. (Peconic, Suffolk County; NYSAPF Member, assisted by NYSAPF Ed Fund Grant Writer): $500,000 to renovate its recently purchased facility to create separate rooms for dogs, cats, intake, and isolation, and to improve overall housing quality.
City of Dunkirk (Dunkirk, Chautauqua County): $100,000 to acquire a new building to relocate the current animal control holding center and establish a larger shelter that exceeds minimum standards requirements.
Niagara County SPCA (Niagara Falls, Niagara County; NYSAPF Member): $500,000 to construct an in-house surgical suite to provide much-needed medical services and procedures to sheltered animals.
Hornell Area Humane Society (Hornell, Steuben County): $93,760 to renovate the current canine housing area to create a separate area for isolation, creating better living surfaces and drainage, and improving ventilation and noise control.
Stevens-Swan Humane Society of Oneida County, Inc. (Utica, Oneida County): $373,500 to increase capacity for animal holding, provision of medical care, isolate sick animals, and improve the structure of enclosures.
Montgomery County SPCA (Amsterdam, Montgomery County; NYSAPF Member): $500,000 to construct a new facility that significantly increases capacity, sanitation, physical wellbeing, and behavioral health.
Wayne County Humane Society (Lyons, Wayne County; NYSAPF Member, assisted by NYSAPF Ed Fund Grant Writer): $138,565 to enhance the dog holding area by improving climate control, ventilation, surfaces, drainage, and lighting.
Country Acres Animal Shelter, Inc. (Homer, Cortland County): $101,365 to construct a quarantine area, outdoor play area, and update current housing facilities.
Animal Protective Foundation (Scotia, Schenectady County): $220,867 to support the construction of a new feline care center to create group housing environments, to improve medical facilities, and to support the renovation of the current shelter, including a new heating/cooling system for improved ventilation.
Western New York
SPCA in Cattaraugus County (Olean, Cattaraugus County): $164,436 for the renovation of the current shelter. The project includes the installation of a new heating/cooling system for improved ventilation and weatherization. The shelter will also create a more welcoming adoption environment.
Town of West Seneca Municipal Shelter (West Seneca, Erie County): $119,775 for the renovation of the current shelter. The project includes covered kennels and a roof replacement and extension.
Humane Society of Rome (Rome, Oneida County): $500,000 for the construction of a new animal shelter to replace the current structure. The project includes replacing a 50-year-old facility to improve living conditions and increase capacity. It will also allow for a new ventilation system and the addition of isolation space to improve disease control.
Susquehanna SPCA (Cooperstown, Otsego County): $500,000 for the construction of a new animal shelter to replace the current structure. The project includes building a new facility on adjacent land to decrease the flooding risk and to allow for the addition of an adoption counseling area.
Town of Islip Municipal Shelter (Islip, Suffolk County): $498,200 for the construction of a new animal shelter to replace the current structure. The new shelter will replace the 54-year-old current building to increase capacity and improve safety. It also includes the addition of a new surgical suite.
Town of Smithtown Municipal Shelter (Smithtown, Suffolk County): $168,750 for the construction of an addition to the current shelter. The project includes the construction of a new building to house intake of animals, isolation, and trap-neuter-return areas.
Humane Society of Middletown (Middletown, Orange County): $439,000 for the construction of an addition and renovation of the current shelter. The project includes the construction of a new wing with quarantine and treatment areas and expanded animal housing areas to increase capacity.
SPCA of Westchester (Briarcliff Manor, Westchester County): $500,000 for the construction of a new animal shelter to replace the current structure. The project will consolidate several buildings into a single, modern facility to modernize care.
Central New York
City of Oswego Municipal Shelter (Oswego, Oswego County): $489,375 for the construction of an addition and renovation of the current shelter. The project will weatherize the existing facility and expand quarantine areas to improve disease control.
Potsdam Humane Society (Potsdam, St. Lawrence County): $178,895 for the construction of an addition and renovation of the current shelter. The project will replace heating/cooling units for ventilation improvements, make repairs and modifications to kennels, and install sound-reduction materials. It will also include the construction of a detached building for long-term shelter animals to improve daily life.
Lollypop Farm/Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County (Fairport, Monroe County): $500,000 for the renovation of the current shelter. The project will add sound-absorbing panels to the dog-holding area and a new heating/cooling system for proper ventilation.
Wyoming County Animal Control (Warsaw, Wyoming County): $100,000 for the renovation of the current shelter. The project includes the addition of new kennels to increase safety, comfort, and capacity; a new heating/cooling system to improve heating, ventilation, and air quality; and renovations to improve infection control and daily life for the animals.