California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a budget bill that provides a one-time grant of $ 45 million to a nationwide aid program for animal shelters. The program is run by the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the Center for Companion Animal Health at the University of California, Davis. The increase will be used to fund grants and outreach for the country’s animal shelters over a five-year period.
The increase in funding reflects the governor’s commitment to providing resources that can help communities implement the state’s longstanding policy that “no adoptable or treatable animal should be euthanized.”
Newsom has used the Koret Shelter Medicine Program to set up a licensing process, create and distribute training materials, and conduct face-to-face consultations to help meet the policy’s goals. He cited the program’s reputation as a leader in animal shelter medicine and longstanding relationships with California animal shelters.
“This makes a fulfilled promise for animal shelters and communities, especially those who have historically been underserved. As the world’s first academic shelter medicine program, the Koret Shelter Medicine program is well positioned to provide the expertise needed to get the most return on this investment, ”said Michael Kent, director of the Center for Companion Animal Health.
In April, a $ 5 million grant was funded for a two-year pilot project. The $ 45 million increase restores the funding and longer timeline of the governor’s original $ 50 million over five year proposal made in January 2020.
“We are honored to have been selected to manage this groundbreaking program. This is truly a cross-generational investment that has the potential to transform the landscape for endangered animals and their families in California, “said Kate Hurley, founder and director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program.
“The additional $ 45 million allocation not only shows agencies across state like mine recognition of our sacrifices and dedication, but also provides critical financial support for programs essential to rebuilding our communities after this devastating time “Said Cassie Heffington, animal services manager at Tulare County Animal Services.
For a story of the governor’s original proposal, see Governor Newsom Proposes $ 50M Investment to Help California’s Homeless Animals and California for All Dogs and Cats on Sheltermedicine.com.