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New York Puts Up $5M For Animal Shelter Upgrades

WAMC photos by Dave Lucas

The state is putting up $5 million to help animal shelters update their facilities.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Companion Animal Capital Fund is the first state-funded program of its kind in the nation. The Democrat says it will help non-profit shelters and humane societies under contract with municipalities.

The New York State Animal Protection Federation says more than 150,000 animals are brought to these shelters each year and many are adopted.

The capital fund will provide matching grants for projects such as renovating dog kennels, improving medical facilities and buying needed equipment.

Shelters must apply for grants by January 10.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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