Local animal shelter receives close to $300K for improvements

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An animal shelter in Cortland County recently received close to $300,000 in funding to assist with shelter improvements, according to a release.

The release noted that Country Acres Pet Services, located in Homer, received $289,565 in New York State Companion Animal Capital Funding. The funding will “support construction, renovation and expansion projects that enhance animal care and health ultimately ensuring adoptions for New York’s dogs and cats,” the release noted.

“(The funding) will significantly impact the ability for the shelter to continue to provide sheltering for stray and unwanted dogs,” Country Acres president Lindsay Andersen said, noting that the shelter provides sheltering services for 29 municipalities in Cayuga, Cortland, Chenango, Onondaga and Tompkins counties. 

Andersen continued, “The funds will allow the shelter to continue to house stray and unwanted dogs, providing them with safe, healthy, and positive experiences while doing so. The services provided by our municipal shelter are vital in the widespread area of the shelter services and this award will allow us to continue to have a positive impact in our community and the animals that are a part of it. The upgrades will also ensure the shelter is compliant with the Companion Animal Care Standards Act which is expected to be implemented in 2025.”