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Lollypop Farm, Wyoming Co. animal shelter receiving state funding

Lollypop Farm and the Humane Society of Rochester were awarded $500,000 for the renovation of the current shelter. (Photo: Lollypop Farm)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - Two animal shelters in western New York are among those receiving nearly $5 million in state funding.

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Tuesday that 14 animal shelters and humane societies will be awarded the money through the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund.

The Companion Animal Capital Fund helps to support critical improvement projects at New York shelters. Competitive grants were awarded to shelters based on need and the readiness of projects.

Lollypop Farm and the Humane Society of Rochester were awarded $500,000 for the renovation of the current shelter. The project will add sound-absorbing panels to the dog-holding area and a new HVAC system for proper ventilation.

The shelter for the Wyoming County Animal Control will receive $100,000 to add new kennels to increase safety, comfort, and capacity, a new HVAC system, and renovations to improve infection control and daily life for the animals.

"The test of whether a society is civilized and just is how it cares for its most vulnerable," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This funding will help animal shelters across the state care for dogs and cats while they embark on new beginnings."

More than 150,000 animals are brought to non-profit and municipality-run shelters and humane societies each year, according to the New York State Animal Protection Federation.

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