Things are going to be a lot different at the Herkimer County Humane Society after they just received a $500,000 grant from New York State.

According to the Times-Telegram, the HCHS is one of 14 shelters across the state to get part of a $5 million New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund.

HCHS says they plan to rebuild their shelter, upgrade their heating and cooling system, and improve indoor and outdoor kennels.

Board President Dana Guidera told the Times-Telegram they are over the moon after the announcement.

“We are just so grateful. This raises the bar for what we can do with the animals and what we can do for the community,” Guidera said. “I got the letter and looked at it twice. It was just what we’d put in for. This is big news for us. To say we’re happy is an understatement.”

One part of the fine print of the grant is that the Herkimer County Humane Society and other humane societies across the state who receive the grant are responsible for raising a 25% match for the grant.

The shelter will now be looking to the community for help reaching that goal.

Details of their fundraising campaign are not yet set, but should be announced in the coming months.

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