FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2023
Today, Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard and NYS Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow announced $1 Million in funding supporting the reconstruction of the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter. The much-needed funding aims to provide essential resources necessary to restore and enhance the shelter's operations. In addition, this funding seeks to enhance the welfare and care provided to the shelter's animals while furthering the mission of promoting responsible pet ownership within the community. Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard expressed her gratitude for the collaboration with NYS Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, stating, "This funding represents a significant step forward in our commitment to animal welfare and responsible pet ownership in Mount Vernon. By improving the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter and expanding our outreach efforts, we aim to provide better care for our animals and find loving homes for them. We are immensely grateful to Assemblyman Pretlow and the New York State Assembly for their support. "Assemblyman Pretlow stated “The Mount Vernon Animal Shelter, originally built in the 1970s, has suffered from years of neglect and requires immediate attention. When Mayor Patterson-Howard advocated for funding to address this pressing issue, I was able to secure $1 million in this year's state budget for renovating the Animal Shelter. This funding is essential to ensure the animals receive the care they deserve in a safe and comfortable environment." With an allocated budget of $1 million, the funding will be utilized to implement various reconstruction and renovation plans for the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter. These enhancements will enable the shelter to deliver better services, create a more comfortable environment for the animals, and enhance the adoption process for prospective pet owners.