Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black today announced the Dog and Cat Sterilization Grant Program for 2013. This program was created to provide financial assistance for sterilization procedures of companion animals in Georgia.
“Each year, thousands of healthy, friendly dogs and cats are euthanized because of overpopulation in shelters,” Black said. “Through these grant funds, the GDA hopes to help ease the burden of municipal animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescues by increasing the number of dogs and cats sterilized in Georgia. I want to encourage you and your family to consider providing a home for one of these animals over the holiday season.”
In 2003, the Georgia General Assembly created the Dog and Cat Reproductive Sterilization Support Program to help with overpopulation of these animals through the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats. Funds to support this program are raised by the sale of Georgia’s dog and cat license plates and the state income tax check off. Since 2003, more than 70,000 procedures have been performed by 1,200 veterinarians statewide. These efforts will continue to be expanded through this new grant program.
Grant applications will be assessed by a grant review committee and funding will be awarded based on the highest priority proposals. Both the animal and licensed municipal animal shelter or nonprofit animal rescue organization must reside in Georgia in order to be eligible for the program. Recipients could receive up to $10,000.00.
For more information or to apply for the grant, please visit www.agr.georgia.gov/dcsgp.aspx. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31.