White County Animal Control receives $5,000 spay/neuter grant

White County Animal Control has been awarded a $5,000 state grant to help local residents pay for spaying and neutering their pets.

This award was part of the $425,000 in grants announced by the Georgia Department of Agriculture in early October. Out of 133 applicants, 71 state-licensed animal shelters and animal rescue groups received awards.

This was the fourth set of grants issued through Georgia’s Dog and Cat Sterilization Program, which is funded through sales of a specialty license plate, as well as a state income tax check-off item and direct donations.

In recent years, some of that funding had been diverted to other programs, but in the 2018 legislative session, full funding was restored, with $19 from the $25 purchase of a new spay/neuter license plate and $20 from a $25 renewal being appropriated to the program.

Grants are awarded based on criteria such as targeting of important animal populations, ability to increase surgery numbers, cost-benefit ratio, and past record of the grant applicant.

“Local communities often have citizens who are burdened by the high costs of having their pets spayed or neutered,” said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. “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.”

To find out if you might qualify for assistance under the spay/neuter program, contact Animal Control at 706-219-2689.

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