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Hattiesburg pet clinic gets grants from charity

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Residents will now be able to have their pets spayed and neutered for an even lower cost at one Hattiesburg pet clinic.

The Spay and Neuter Clinic of Southern Pines Animal Shelter received an over $95,000 grant, broken into two amounts, from Pet SmartCcharities Monday to encourage people in Forrest County to have their pets sterilized.

The clinic said the funds are targeting Forrest County because it is the largest source of unwanted pets for the animal shelter.

For people who qualify, animals can be altered for between $17 and $50 for male cats and $32 to $50 for female dogs.

"But to be eligible, pet owners need to either have multiple pets that need to be spayed or neutered, be low income, be college students, have rescued a pet, or be trapping a feral cat or a free-roaming cat," said Clinic Director Valerie Rachal.

The clinic opened in July 2009 and serves about 20 counties.

This year they hope to operate on more than 6000 animals to curb the region's pet overpopulation.

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