The Whitfield County Commission voted to seek a state Department of Agriculture grant for dog and cat sterilization, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.
Eight hundred cats and dogs could be sterilized at no cost to the owner if Whitfield County is awarded a state grant.
County commissioners voted 4-0 Monday night to apply for a $65,600 grant from the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
“That will pay for the sterilization of 200 male dogs, 200 female dogs, 200 male cats and 200 female cats,” said Animal Shelter Director Diane Franklin, who brought the proposal to the commissioners.
The program is funded from fees on special license plates and from donations.
“This will help us reduce the pet overpopulation problem in this county,” said Commissioner Greg Jones. “And if we get those numbers down, it will help us get to our goal of having a no-kill animal shelter.”
Commissioner Barry Robbins agreed.
“This will help us get our euthanization numbers down even lower, and there’s no cost to the county,” he said.
These dogs are currently urgent at the Whitfield County Animal Shelter.