Nearly $4.5 million has been awarded to 13 animal shelters and humane societies across the state through the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund.

The funding will support construction, renovations and expansion projects.

The Stevens-Swan Humane Society in Utica will get $373,500 to increase capacity for animal holding, provide medical care and improve the structure of enclosures.

This is the second round of the Companion Animal Capital Fund, the first state-funded program in the nation to support critical improvement projects at animal shelters.

"New York is proud to be home to the first program in the country dedicated to supporting local animal shelters and humane societies improve their facilities and better care for the animals they serve," Governor Andew Cuomo said. "This continued funding will better equip facilities across the state to provide for the animals in their care, promote the health of both pets and people, and help to encourage adoptions."