The 2017-18 New York State budget will be approved on April 1, and you can impact whether or not this program is included.

Getty Images Pet Drive 2014: Benefitting The Animals Of New York Animal Care And Control
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The problem New York is facing is: This program is fairly new and was not originally included in Gov. Cuomo's 2017-18 budget.

The program, or Companion Animal Capital Fund, would provide $5 million in support to our local shelters. Currently, the monetary donations shelters receive are used for vet bills, food, cleaning supplies, toys, and countless other expenses. What we don't really consider when we think of shelters are the infrastructure challenges they face. Often times these problems go unaddressed due to sheer lack of funds.

The ASPCA's letter-to-Cuomo template says it best:

By helping to meet shelters’ needs for essential structural improvements, you ensure their ability to help animals in need and serve their communities for many years to come.

If you're in support of the Companion Animal Capital Fund, let your local representatives know.

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