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Hornell Area Human Society lands major grant funding for shelter improvements

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Hornell Area Humane Society to Receive Capital Funding for “Hornell Area Humane Society Canine Expansion and Cattery Renovation Project”

Hornell Area Humane Society announced today that it has received $346,875 from the State’s Companion Animal Capital Fund. The shelter will use the funds to add additional dog suites to the existing kennels and upgrade the cattery.

Sandra Rapp, President of the Board of Directors would like to thank the Governor, Legislature and Dept. of Agriculture and Markets along with folks who supported this funding. This funding will help bring the shelter up to date with the American Shelter Veterinarian Guidelines. Provide a higher level of housing for our animals while they stay with us waiting their forever homes. We are extremely excited for this opportunity!

The $5 million Companion Animal Capital Fund is an initiative proposed by the New York State Animal Protection Federation, the advocacy voice of New York’s animal shelters. The funding the Hornell Area Humane Society has received was allocated in the 2020-2021state budget and is part of the third round of the program’s funding. The Fund is administered and overseen by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.

The Fund provides matching grants to municipal shelters and local shelters with municipal contract to offset the costs associated with capital projects such as renovating dog kennels, improving medical facilities, or building more efficient shelters to reduce overall operational costs. Funds are also being used to construct, renovate, rehab, or acquire buildings or equipment needed to house, treat, and care for sheltered dogs and cats. All grantees must have matching funds accessible when the grant the submitted.

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