New animal shelter coming
ISLIP TOWN—Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and New York State Sen. Phil Boyle announced last week two significant grants to assist the town in the construction of a new animal shelter. The announcement was made on Friday, March 23 at the current Islip Town Animal Shelter on Denver Avenue in Bay Shore.
The first grant was awarded to the town through New York State and Municipal Facilities Program Capital Funding. Boyle secured this $500,000 grant last year.
The second grant for $498,200 came from the newly created Companion Animal Capital Fund, a statewide fund created last year through legislation sponsored by Boyle. The Companion Animal Fund is the first state-funded program in the country to support critical improvement projects for animal shelters, according to an Islip Town press release. This fund provides humane societies, nonprofits and municipal shelters with grants for capital projects through a “competitive application process.” The 2018 state budget included $5 million for the creation of a Companion Animal Capital Fund, with its first recipients announced this month.
“We’ve worked diligently for this funding opportunity which will allow for the better care of companion shelter animals, including dogs and cats, and provide more resources for those in our communities looking to continue the work of animal advocacy, care and adoptions,” Boyle said. “After working with the Town of Islip for so many years on animal welfare and safety and seeing their current facility in need of major improvements, it is gratifying to see these funds make their way to support the town’s efforts.”
The Town of Islip is planning to build a new 19,000-square-foot animal shelter on the site adjacent to the town’s Department of Public Works facility in Central Islip. The new shelter will replace the existing facility, which is over 54 years old.
Carpenter expressed her gratitude to Boyle for his animal relief efforts during last week’s event. “It is very reassuring that the animals will receive quality care in a nurturing, state-of-the-art environment until they find their forever home,” she added.
The Town of Islip plans to break ground on the new shelter by the spring of 2018 and is looking to complete the project by late 2019.
“Speaking for the shelter staff, residents and [trap/neuter/return program] volunteers, we all welcome a new centralized shelter facility which will better serve the community,” said James Heil, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Control.
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