HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Southern Pines Animal Shelter's Spay and Neuter Clinic has received another large grant from Pet Smart Charities that will benefit Lamar County residents.
The $90,000 grant is double what the clinic received in grant money from the organization in the past. In previous programs residents in specified areas were able to get the surgery done for half price. With the size of this grant the cost barrier for people in Lamar County has been removed altogether. The new program will extend for two years and will allow pet owners to pay what they can afford to have the surgery performed.
Lamar County was chosen because they have the second largest amount of unwanted pets brought to the shelter. A similar grant in Forrest County that recently expired was a big success in the two years it was available.
"We saw about a 20% reduction coming from Forrest County to the shelter," said Valerie Rachal, Research & Development Manager, Southern Pines Animal Shelter. "That means by doing large numbers of spay and neuter surgeries in a certain area really does reduce the shelter intake and that's what we want to see."
The clinic has a goal of fixing over 6000 pets in 2012 to help fight the Pine Belt's serious over population problem.