FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Grants Available For Dog and Cat Sterilization Program for 2015
Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is excited to announce the issuance of $200,000 in grants to assist with spay and neuter Georgia’s companion animals.
“Often local communities have citizens that are burdened by the high costs of having their pets spayed or neutered,” Commissioner Black said. “This grant will target and aid these communities across Georgia by keeping strays off the street and controlling the animal population in a humane manner.”
Since the inception of the program, the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program has been utilized to sexually alter over 100,000 companion animals. The funds for these procedures are obtained from the sales of the Dog and Cat sterilization program specialty vehicle tags, the income tax check off and from direct contributions to the program. In 2013 the Dog and Cat Sterilization Grant Program was established to allow for state licensed animal shelters and licensed animal rescue organizations with 501-c3 status to apply for grants from the program. The first round of grants; offered in May 2013, awarded $125,000 to a total of 19 organizations.
Grants will be awarded based on the highest priority after considering factors such as targeting of important animal populations, ability to increase surgery numbers, cost-benefit ration, record of grant applicant, and sustainability, among others. Applicants must reside in Georgia and all procedures must be performed by licensed and accredited Georgia veterinarians. Applications must be submitted by June 15, 2015, and may be submitted to the Georgia Department of Agriculture Dog and Cat Sterilization Program, 19 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr., SW., Room 106, Atlanta, Ga. 30334. Applications may be obtained from www.agr.georgia.gov.
For more information or to make a tax exempt donation to the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program visit http://agr.georgia.gov/dog-cat-sterilization-program.aspx or call 404.656.4914.
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.