Washington, D.C.--U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured $100,000 for Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills in the Fiscal Year 2023 Agriculture appropriations bill.
The omnibus funding package passed the Senate by a vote of 68-29. It will now be passed by the House before heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
“The dedicated staff and volunteers at Responsible Pet Care reunite pets with their owners and help dogs, cats, and other small animals find loving forever homes,” said Senator Collins. “This funding will allow shelter staff to expand the compassionate services they provide and enable them to keep the animals under their care healthy and happy.”
“We are grateful to Senator Collins for her support of this project that will help improve our ability to manage illness, dangerous dogs and more adequately support low income and elderly pet owners with medical related services; most importantly spay and neuter,” said Responsible Pet Care President Shirley Boyce. “The need for the services this building will provide grows each day and will ultimately be critical to lowering the numbers of unwanted cats and dogs in our area.”
The funding will support the construction of a multipurpose accessory building adjacent to the current animal shelter, which serves 14 towns in Western Maine. The additional building would create a space to provide low-cost veterinary services to low-income and elderly pet owners, isolate contagious animal illnesses more adequately from general population healthy animals, make it safer for animal control to deliver stray canines, and safely house aggressive dogs and quarantine dogs.