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$125,000 in new grants support spay/neuter programs

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Animal shelters and organizations across Georgia are getting a boost from grants totaling $125,000.

Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black made the announcement Wednesday that the Spay and Neuter grants will be split between 19 recipients as part of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program.

Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black was in Americus today to hand out a grant for a spay and Neuter program at the Sumter County Humane Society.

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society also got a grant. The Commissioner says the shelters chosen have good plans to help stop the growing number of stray animals.

"What we've really want to focus on rather just having monthly procedures that are available to our wonderful veterinarians across the state, we wanted to really work with some communities directly and have the grants go directly to real good communities that have a good plan to really control the or have a really targeted effort for spade neutered programs in a community," said Gary Black Agriculture Commissioner "

"It feels awesome were so excited, this will help our community so much.  Now I've got a number of free spade neuters that I can give out to our community to start cutting down on that pet population. I always say the best day will be the day I don't have a job any longer because there aren't any unwanted stray dogs and cats," said Ruth Olson, Operations Manager Sumter Humane Society.

The Georgia Dog and Cat Sterilization Program is funded by the purchase of special Auto Tags as well as by tax deductible donations to the program. The state is giving a total of $125,000 to 19 organizations around the state.

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society also got a grant. The Commissioner says the shelters chosen have good plans to help stop the growing number of stray animals.

The program is largely funded through specialized licence plates as well as donations, and the funds are the first to be distributed since the program began.

Grants being delivered range from $2,500 to $7,500 each.

Commissioner Black says the grants aid communities by helping keep strays off the street and controlling animal populations in a humane manner.

See the entire list of grants and their destinations below:


AMOUNT COUNTY LICENSE NAME
$7,500   DECATUR BAINBRIDGE DECATUR COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
$7,500   SUMTER SUMTER HUMANE SOCIETY INC
$7,500   HOUSTON WARNER ROBINS ANIMAL SHELTER
$5,500   HOUSTON PERRY ANIMAL SHELTER
$7,500   MORGAN HUMANE SOCIETY OF  MORGAN COUNTY, INC.
$7,500   DEKALB ATLANTA ANIMAL RESCUE FRIENDS
$4,000   TALIAFERRO HELPING HANDS HUMANE SOCIETY
$4,000   GREENE OCONEE REGIONAL HUMANE SOCIETY
$7,500   HART HART COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY
$7,500   WHITFIELD HUMANE SOCIETY OF NORTH WEST GEORGIA
$7,500   LUMPKIN DAHLONEGA-LUMPKIN CO HUMANE SOCIETY
$7,500   WALTON POUND PUPPIES 'N KITTENS, INC.
$2,500   ELBERT ELBERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT, CITY OF
$7,500   MCINTOSH HUMANE ANIMAL RESOURCE TEAM, INC.(HART)
$7,500   SCREVEN FRIENDS OF SCREVEN COUNTY ANIMALS (FOSCA
$6,000   BURKE OLD FELLA BURKE COUNTY ANIMAL RESCUE,INC
$7,500   LAURENS DUBLIN LAURENS HUMANE SOCIETY, INC.
$7,500   TOOMBS SWEET ONION ANIMAL PROTECTION SOCIETY
$5,500   CHATHAM THE HUMANE SOCIETY FOR GREATER SAVANNAH

 

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