FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 28, 2018
Office of Communications
Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is excited to announce the issuance of $425,000 in grants to assist with spaying and neutering Georgia's companion animals. Out of 133 applicants, 71 state licensed animal shelters and animal rescue organizations were awarded the grants, 29 of those are in the Atlanta area.
"Local communities often have citizens who are burdened by the high costs of having their pets spayed or neutered," Commissioner Black said. "This grant program does a wonderful job in targeting these communities all across Georgia in an effort to aid them as they strive to keep strays off the street and control the animal population in a humane manner."
This is the fourth set of grants to be issued through the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program which is funded by the purchase of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Auto Tag, income tax checkoff, and from direct contributions to the program. Since inception, the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program has been utilized to sexually alter over 100,000 companion animals. The future of the program is now much more optimistic thanks to the restoration of full funding during the 2018 Legislative Session. As it stands now, $19 from the $25 purchase of a new plate and $20 of the $25 renewal is appropriated toward the program.
A ceremony to award the Atlanta area grant recipients is taking place on Tuesday, October 2, at the Atlanta State Farmers Market located at 16 Forest Pkwy, Forest Park, GA., beginning at 1:00 p.m. Commissioner Black will deliver remarks before awarding the 29 grants.
Grants range from $2,500 to $140,000 each and were awarded based on the highest priority after considering factors such as targeting of important animal populations, ability to increase surgery numbers, cost-benefit ratio, record of grant applicant and sustainability.
For a complete list of the grant recipients or to make a tax exempt donation, please visit /dog-cat-sterilization-program.aspx.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.