This sweet 30-pound Lab mix is one of the #Savethe200 dogs who needs to be out of the Dublin-Laurens Humane Society before March 23d or he will be euthanized. He might have been someone’s Christmas puppy, but he came into the shelter on December 27th.
This sweet pair of Lab mixes, one male and one female, might be brother and sister, and they’re definitely best friends. The bigger one is more outgoing, while his buddy is more reserved. Their adoption fees will be waived for a home that takes them in as a pair. They are available for adoption from Dublin-Laurens Humane Society in Dublin, GA.
If you think that the Official State Dog bill is a waste of time, here’s something for you. Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black will issue $200,000 of taxpayer money in the form of grants to local governments to help with spay and neuter.
“Often local communities have citizens that are burdened by the high costs of having their pets spayed or neutered,” 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.
Our friends at FixGeorgiaPets.org work to raise money to fund low-cost spay and neuter programs for pet owners in Georgia like the free Clayton County Spay Day (actually about three weeks), from February 24-March 12, 2015.
FGP is bringing its resources to Clayton County Feb. 24 through March 12, offering free spaying and neutering. FGP works with local veterinarians and clinics who offer a discount for the surgeries. The program is funded through donations and Fix Georgia Pets uses the money to cover the cost of spaying and neutering for cats and dogs.
Judy Simon is the FGP spay and neuter day coordinator. She said they’ve already received hundreds of calls and that it points to a real need in the Clayton community.
“We did a lot of homework, studied the statistics and found that a good percent of the county’s residents are under the poverty level,” Simon said. “The county has always been in need and we determined Clayton was the best place to go next.”
Ginny Millner, founder of FGP, said in an email that “Clayton is the perfect example of the pet overpopulation crisis that Georgia faces. The number of surrendered and stray dogs is so high that there’s no place to put them.”
To register for the program, call the Spay/Neuter Hotline at 404-432-3618 or 404-647-1550 for Spanish-speaking residents.
Simon said callers should leave a short message with their location and phone number. She said residents will receive a call back with a schedule time and clinic location.
As of the beginning of their Clayton County campaign, Fix Georgia Pets had more than 700 pets signed up.