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Spay/neuter grants can help Sullivan pet owners

Staff report • Feb 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

In hopes of reducing the large number of unwanted animals born each spring, Paw-Purr P.E.T.S has secured grants that are available to Sullivan County pet owners who have delayed getting their pets spayed or neutered because of the cost.

P.E.T.S has two spay and neuter assistance grants available at this time. The first is a grant provided through a program to support low-cost spay and neuter services for both dogs and cats in Tennessee, and the grant was funded through sales of Animal Friendly license plates.

The second grant is for dogs only. Grant money is available for dogs over 40 pounds to help with the cost of spaying or neutering. Both large and small dogs are eligible for the grant, but owners of large dogs in particular are urged to apply. Two thirds of the grant is designated for surgeries for large dogs.

P.E.T.S funding is limited. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization depends entirely on grants and donations to offer these programs. Both of these grants will focus on persons of limited means and/or on public assistance.

According to Paw-Purr P.E.T.S, offering these services locally at a discount provides the organization another way to be successful in lowering animal overpopulation and abandonment through spay/neuter initiatives and public education.

To apply for assistance, call (423) 578-4599 or email spaypetstn2@aol.com.

Visit the website at www.spaypetstn.org and fill out and return an application.

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