July 16, 2012

Buchanan County Group Receives $2,000 Grant for Spay and Neuter Services

The Missouri Department of Agriculture today recognized St. Joseph's Animal Control & Rescue for their efforts to provide low cost spay and neuter services for adopted animals. Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler presented Rick Smith, manager of Animal Control & Rescue, a $2,000 grant from the Missouri Pet Spay and Neuter program.

"Missouri's animal care organizations efforts to reduce pet overpopulation are very important to our hometown communities," said Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler. "By focusing on animal shelters and low-cost spay neuter initiatives, including charitable organizations, we are making a difference for animals that may have otherwise gone without this veterinary care."

St. Joseph's Animal Control & Rescue was one of 10 Missouri organizations awarded a grant for $2,000 to aid their efforts to provide spay and neuter services to low income individuals and to subsidize the cost of operations for adoptions at local animal shelters and rescue groups. The group assisted with nearly 800 spay and neuter procedures in 2011, ensuring that all dogs and cats adopted receive the care.

The Pet Spay and Neuter program is funded through sales of the "I'm Pet Friendly" license plates through the Missouri Department of Revenue. Each sale of the plate donates $20 to the Missouri Pet Spay & Neuter Fund, which is administered by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Applications for grant funds are accepted each winter.

For more information on the Missouri Department of Agriculture, visit mda.mo.gov.