Two Hudson Valley animal shelters will be receiving nearly $1 million dollars for construction and renovations. One shelter is in Orange County and the other is in Westchester County.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a press release last week that nearly $5 million in state funds would be going towards construction, renovation, and expansion projects of shelters across the state. 14 shelters in total will split the funds. The 'Companion Animal Capital Fund' is the first state-funded program in the country to support major improvement projects at shelters.

The Humane Society of Middletown will receive $439,000 for an addition and reconstruction of the current shelter. There will be a new wing and quarantine areas, as well as expanded animal housing to increase shelter capacity.

The SPCA of Westchester in Briarcliff Manor is getting $500,000 to build an entirely new shelter the replace the current one. It will consolidate multiple buildings into one new and modern building to modernize the care for animals.