2019-20 Companion Animal Capital Fund RFP Released
In mid-November, the 2019-20 CACF RFP was released. The documents you need are:

The deadline for the grant is January 21st at 4 p.m. The grant must be uploaded through the NYS Grants Gateway. The Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Division of Animal Industry held a webinar to walk applicants through the Grants Gateway process. It can be viewed here. It is strongly recommended that all applicants watch the webinar.

The NYSAPF Ed Fund now has three grant writers available to help Fed members with the Companion Animal Capital Fund process through New York State’s Grants Gateway. Shelters interested would pay the Education Fund for these services on an hourly basis. Our three grant writers have  extensive grant writing experience and knows how the Grants Gateway is structured and how it works. For more info, contact Libby Post, the Education Fund’s executive director, at libbypost@nysapfedfund.org.

Companion Animal Capital Fund Included in the Last Bills of the Session
After not being included in the final FY19-20 budget bills passed by April 1, 2019, it was included in the final capital bill of the legislative session. The Federation thanks our champions–Deborah Glick in the Assembly and Monica Martinez in the State Senate–for their on-going support and advocacy for the Fund. Without their support and the support of the Governor’s office, the Dept. of Agriculture and Markets and legislative leadership, the Fund wouldn’t be a reality for this coming year.

According to the Fed’s executive director, Libby Post, 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.

In this 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 past year, the Fed’s Education Fund made a grant writer available to our members to assist in writing their grants and navigating their way through the NYS Grants Gateway. The second round of grants were announced on Monday, January 28th.

Competitive grants were awarded to shelters based on need and the readiness of projects. The following shelters are receiving an award:

2019 Grants
Mid-Hudson Valley
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.

Long Island
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.

Western NY
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.

Southern Tier
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.

Mohawk Valley
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.

Finger Lakes
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.

Central NY
Country Acres Animal Shelter, Inc.
(Homer, Cortland County): $101,365 to construct a quarantine area, outdoor play area, and update current housing facilities.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets administers the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund. According to Federation statistics, more than 150,000 animals annually are brought to non-profit and municipality-run shelters and humane societies.


2018 Grants

Capital Region

  • 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.

 Mohawk Valley

  • 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.

Long Island

  • 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.

Mid-Hudson Valley

  • 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.

North Country

  • 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.

 Finger Lakes

  • 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.