13 animal shelters across New York awarded funds to revamp their facilities

Animal shelters across the state are getting funding for improvements, two of which are home to the Mohawk Valley.

Posted: Jan 28, 2019 12:31 PM

Animal shelters across the state are getting funding for improvements, two of which are home to the Mohawk Valley. 

Both Stevens-Swan Humane Society of Oneida County and the Montgomery County SPCA will receive thousands of dollars to revamp their facilities. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Monday, to be awarded to 13 animal shelters and humane societies through the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund. 

"New York is proud to be home to the first program in the country dedicated to supporting local animal shelters and humane societies improve their facilities and better care for the animals they serve,"Cuomo said in a statement. "This continued funding will better equip facilities across the state to provide for the animals in their care, promote the health of both pets and people, and help to encourage adoptions."

Stevens-Swan Humane Society in Utica is getting $373,500 to increase capacity for animal holding, provision of medical care, isolate sick animals, and improve the structure of enclosures.

The Montgomery County SPCA is receiving $500,000 to construct a new facility that significantly increases capacity, sanitation, physical wellbeing, and behavioral health.

The Companion Animal Capital Fund gives matching grants to shelters and humane societies to offset the costs like renovating dog kennels, improving medical facilities, or building more efficient shelters to reduce overall operational costs. The money is also used to construct, renovate, rehabilitate, or buy buildings or equipment needed to house, treat, and care for sheltered dogs and cats.

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