Animal Shelters Push for Companion Animal Capital Fund in State Budget

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As budget negotiations go down to the wire, there are groups with grave concerns they will be left out.

Animal shelters are one of the many organizations anxiously waiting the results of next year’s finalized New York State Budget.

One of the sections of the proposed budget is a bill which could send much needed funds to animal shelters around the state.
 
“I think the funding would certainly be helpful to our animal shelters around the state,” Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, 132nd District) said. “They do a tremendous job in helping to provide resources to local communities while serving our animals, and taking care of those animals that need help.”
 
If the bill passes, it would mean $5 million in state aid to help with capital improvements. That is money shelters who are privately funded wouldn’t otherwise see.

“This would enable us to utilize some funds to increase the shelter environment for our animals whether it is replacing sheet rock, painting the facility, creating a better environment for our animals to live in,” Tanner’s P.A.W.S. Founder Christie Speciale said.

“It is really important to us, and shelters and rescues like us,” Tanner’s P.A.W.S. Vice President Amie Burnett said. “It would help provide necessary revenue to make upgrades or maintain a space.”
  
The state’s budget for next year must be approved by April 1. Shelters like Tanner’s P.A.W.S. are asking for your help.
 
“We are asking people to call or email, we have it posted on our Facebook page, Governor Cuomo and really explain the benefits of this capital campaign,” Speciale said.
 
“He is to approve the budget by April 1,” Burnett said. “So, the quicker we act the more likely we may be able to benefit from this.”

To learn how you can call or email the Governor’s office, click here.

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