Charlie Brown and his siblings arrived at their foster mommy’s home one night without an owner in sight. They are enjoying their foster home but are ready to find their forever homes. Their foster mommy is just starting to learn about them and their personalities.
The Whitfield County Animal Shelter received a $3000 dollar grant to help pay for pet sterilization, according to the Dalton Daily Citizen.
“Local communities often have citizens who are burdened by the high costs of having their pets spayed or neutered,” Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black said. “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.”
Black said this is the fourth set of grants to be issued through the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program, which is funded by the purchase of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Auto Tag, income tax checkoff and direct contributions to the program.
Since its inception, the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program has been used to sexually alter more than 100,000 companion animals. The future of the program is now much more optimistic, according to Black, thanks to the restoration of full funding during the 2018 legislative session. As it stands now, $19 from the $25 purchase of a new plate and $20 of the $25 renewal is appropriated toward the program.
Black announced Monday the issuance of $425,000 in grants through the program, with 71 state-licensed animal shelters and animal rescue organizations being awarded the funds.