There was a lot of excitement last week when New York became the first state to offer its residents free tuition for four-year public colleges-a decision that will change life in New York and inspire other state governments. But in the same New York state Budget 2017-2018, they made a separate commitment to another vulnerable New York population: Unsheltered animals.
Developed in close consultation with the ANIMAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION and in coordination with a simple campaign initiated by the New York State Animal Protection Federation (NYSAPF), the “Companion Animal Capital Fund” (SKE) of million, the fund will come to counterparties, books, shelters and non-profit societies,
covering capital projects, including construction, rehabilitation, acquisition and facilities. The Department of Agriculture and Markets of the State of New York will create a program to distribute these much-needed funds, and we are ready to help you in every possible way.
Although million will not cover all, if not most, shelter needs in the state, capital funding is still important because passion and dedication alone cannot repair a shelter’s leaking roof, replace a critical vehicle, or safely increase animal capacity. Infrastructural improvements such as these are often costly, but absolutely necessary to ensure adequate care for the animals in need.
Our own grants to fund the fixed assets of the ANIMAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION, which amounted to just over million in 2016, have significantly contributed to the animal shelters and rescues across the country, especially against essential equipment to enlarge the clinical sterilization and sterilization and covers the costs of building the existing facilities and improvements to be funded, helping these organizations save lives no longer so effectively and efficiently that they do not set the price.
But the commitment of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate is more than just a promise of money. It reflects the increase in animal welfare from a local concern to a state imperative, and can inspire other leaders of the state and communities to say, “You did it. Why can’t we?”
At all political levels, the establishment and expansion of lawful protection for community animals is the work of leaders and voters, so I encourage the public to urge their own representatives of the state and federal government to take action on animals at risk and harmed by regulatory and legislative means. Because the simple calculation is: the more resources we put into the shelters, the more animals we will see, or better yet, never get into the first place.