Oaks Announces Funding For Animal Shelter Improvements

December 7, 2004

Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R-Macedon) today announced the availability of funding to help improve the care given to animals in shelters. The funding is offered by American Humane through the Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant.

Oaks said the grants may be used to provide financial assistance to animal care agencies for shelter expansion and improvements. These grants can be used only for construction, capital improvements or equipment that directly impacts the welfare of animals in the shelter.

"This is a great opportunity for shelters that are eligible to apply for funding," Oaks said. "The funding will ensure that animals will be provided with the necessary care that they deserve."

Oaks explained that the Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant was established in 1969 in memory of Tressa Meacham to provide financial assistance to agencies for shelter expansion or improvements. Grant money must be used to increase or otherwise improve the quality of care given to animals.

Oaks said grants may be awarded in any amount up to $4,000.

The Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant can be used for:

  • Kennel or cattery renovation
  • Equipment for veterinary care
  • Capital campaigns
  • Animal environment enrichment.

Grants are available only to animal care agencies incorporated and classified as 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or public (local government) agencies. Agencies must also be current members of American Humane at the associate agency member level to qualify.

Oaks said entities that are awarded grants are accountable to American Humane for use of the grant money. At project completion, or one year after the award date, grantees must submit reports showing the disposition of funds and photographic or other evidence of the construction, improvement or equipment provided by the grants. Organizations may be requested to forward copies of receipts, invoices or other documents in support of their reports.

Applications may be submitted between Saturday, Jan. 1 and Monday, Feb. 28, 2005.

For more information, visit www.americanhumane.org.

If you have questions, contact Assemblyman Oaks’ district office at 10 Leach Road, Lyons, NY 14489 or call (315) 946-5166.