February 27, 2108
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEARLY $5 MILLION FOR ANIMAL SHELTERS ACROSS NEW YORK
First-in-the-Nation State Capital Fund Supports 14 Construction, Renovation, and Expansion Projects at New York Shelters
Projects Will Enhance Animal Care and Health and Help Ensure Adoptions for New York’s Dogs and Cats
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 14 animal shelters and humane societies across the state have been awarded funding through the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund totaling nearly $5 million. The Companion Animal Capital Fund is the first state-funded program in the nation to support critical improvement projects at New York shelters. It allows these organizations to make significant updates to their facilities to enhance animal care and health, and help ensure adoptions for dogs and cats.
“New York’s animal shelters perform critical services in communities across this great state,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will better equip these facilities and help improve quality care, as these shelters continue to strive to find dogs and cats under their care a permanent, loving home.”
“The test of whether a society is civilized and just is how it cares for its most vulnerable,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “This funding will help animal shelters across the state care for dogs and cats while they embark on new beginnings.”
Funded in the 2017-18 New York State Budget, the Companion Animal Capital Fund provides matching grants to offset the costs associated with capital projects such as renovating dog kennels, improving medical facilities, or building more efficient shelters to reduce the cost of operation. Funds can also be used to construct, renovate, rehab, or acquire buildings or equipment needed to house, treat, and care for sheltered dogs and cats.
Competitive grants were awarded to shelters based on need and the readiness of projects. The following shelters are receiving an award:
- 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.
- Herkimer County Humane Society (Mohawk, Herkimer County): $500,000 for the renovation of the current shelter. The project includes the installation of a new heating/cooling system to improve ventilation, the renovation of animal rooms, and the replacement of cages and kennels to improve safety and quality of life.
- 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 (Hicksville, Nassau 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.
- Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County DBA Lollypop Farm (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.
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 NYS 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.
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “This funding will allow New York’s shelters, humane societies and SPCAs to make much-needed improvements to provide better care for New York’s animals, whether it be construction, renovation, or expansion. As these projects are completed, they will support our collective goal of connecting many more dogs and cats to New York families.”
Senator Phil Boyle said, “I am pleased that this funding will help our rescues and shelters upgrade their facilities to provide safe, temporary housing for the many rescued dogs and cats waiting for forever homes. I thank Governor Cuomo for including funding for the Companion Animal Capital Fund in the 2017-18 Budget and will continue my efforts to see that this funding is made available to nonprofit and municipal animal shelters in the future.”
Assemblymember Deborah Glick said, “Animal shelters across New York do an incredible job of caring for animals and find them loving homes. As more shelters adopt no-kill policies, their need for more kennel space and improved medical facilities has grown. This funding is key to ensuring compassionate care for New York’s companion animals.”
Libby Post, Executive Director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation, said, “We are absolutely thrilled by the number of grant applications that have been awarded. There was a strong response to this program from New York’s shelters and humane societies, and the applications far outweighed the availability of funding. This underscores the critical need for the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund to be once again included in the New York State Budget.”
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets administers the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund. The Department, through its various divisions and programs, promotes New York agriculture and its high-quality and diverse products, fosters agricultural environmental stewardship, safeguards the State’s food supply, land, plants, livestock and companion animals, and ensures consumer protection through its weights and measures and food safety divisions.
New Click by Click application instructions!
We know that finding just the right spot on the webinar to answer an application how to question is time consuming. To help you, the Federation has gone through the webinar and made Click by Click CACF Application Instructions. They’re quick and easy to understand right down to the right color box to look for on a drop down menu!
In response to the questions asked during the Dept. of Agriculture and Marketing November 1st webinar, the Dept. published a Q&A document that will be helpful as you put your proposals together. Click here to download the Q&A.
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The $5 million Companion Animal Capital Fund was included in the 2017-18 state budget and provides funding for capital projects at animal shelters across New York. Click here for the Application Instructions and the Request for Proposals (RFP).
Keep checking back here for updates.
The fund was proposed by the New York State Animal Protection Federation and championed by Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and State Senator Phil Boyle. The Fund will be administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
The Federation is working with NYSA&M to establish the Fund’s protocols and will provide technical assistance to shelters to help them through the grant process.
For more information, contact the Federation’s executive director, Libby Post, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 518/813-9176.
Quick Facts on the CACF
#1: Register at the New York State Grants Gateway
The Fund will be managed by NYSA&M through the New York State Grants Gateway. Animal shelters interested in applying for the Fund must register at the Gateway. The Federation strongly recommends that organizations become familiar with the Gateway and the requirements of applying for New York State grant opportunities. Go to grantsreform.ny.gov, take advantage of the video tutorials and register for the Gateway.
#2: What types of project are eligible for funding?
The Fund will help to share the costs of animal shelter capital projects including construction, renovation, rehabilitation, installation, acquisition, or expansion of buildings, equipment, or facilities necessary “for the secure containment, health, and adequate care of sheltered dogs and cats.”
#3: Who is eligible to apply?
Municipal and not-for-profit animal shelters includ-ing humane societies, animal protective associa-tions and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals will be eligible to apply for these funds. Municipal shelters and not-for-profit entities with municipal contracts will be given funding priority.
#4 What are the funding guidelines?
Based on the eligibility guidelines outlined in the budget language:
- For Upstate and Long Island, grants can be awarded in amounts not less than $50,000 and not more than $200,000 and cannot exceed 50%of the total project cost. If a shelter serves two or more municipalities, then the maximum award amount is raised to not less than $100,000 and not more than $500,000 and cannot exceed 75%of the total project cost.
- For NYC shelters or shelters in municipalities with a population of more than two million and serve one or more municipalities, grants can be awarded in amounts not less than $100,000 and not more than $500,000 and cannot exceed 75% of the total project cost.