Companion Animal Capital Fund Not Included in Governor’s Budget
2018 Awards Made in Last Week of January, 2019
Despite being included in the final budget for the last two years, the Companion Animal Capital Fund was not included in the Governor’s Executive Budget for FY19-20. As we have for the past two legislative sessions, we will work with the Fund’s champions in each house–Deborah Glick in the Assembly and Monica Martinez in the State Senate–to have the Fund included in the final budget bills.
Our goal this year, besides having $5 million included in the budget for shelter capital projects, is to refashion the budget language to make it easier for shelters without municipal contracts to apply for the funds.
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 just 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:
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.
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.
- 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 (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.