The Stevens-Swan Humane Society plans to enlarge and enhance its animal shelter on Horatio Street in Utica with a $373,000 state grant and a matching gift from a local donor, the organization announced.
Stevens-Swan officials also announced a new agency fund established last week in partnership with the Community Foundation. The agency fund will allow Stevens-Swan to focus on animal care while the Community Foundation provides constituent engagement and development support.
The Companion Animal grant from New York State Department of Agriculture will support the first phase of shelter renovations scheduled to start in spring 2020. The grant will be supported by a local donor match from Stevens-Swan board member Jackie Romano and her husband, John. The Staffworks Fund provided financial support for the grant writer.
“I’m very excited for the SSHS to receive this much-needed financial support so that we can focus on enhancing our facilities to better serve our community’s growing animal welfare needs,” said Stevens-Swan Executive Director Diane Broccoli. “I’m thankful to have the support of the Community Foundation, and people like John and Jackie Romano who believe in our direction and contributed with a grant match.”
The work at the Horatio Street shelter includes doubling the size of intake areas, remodeling the medical suite, enhancing the recovery and isolation areas and improving the secure containment of animals.