Spay – Neuter Grant Applications Underway

Matching Shelter Pets With Loving Homes

The Putnam County Animal Shelter spends about $1,400 a month to spay and neuter dogs and cats, according to Chief Jon Davis.

“We recover some of that through the adoption fees,” he says. “The state grant will be very helpful for us.”

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is announcing that it is accepting grants applications as part of the West Virginia Spay Neuter Program.

The program was established, in 2013, but was unfunded until House Bill 2552 was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor James C. “Jim” Justice, II, in 2017.

“This has been a long-standing effort by a few advocates that want to tackle West Virginia’s problems with feral animals,” says Commissioner of Agriculture Kent A. Leonhardt. “Over the past few months, we have put together a committee consisting of concerned citizens that will facilitate all functions of this program.”
 
The purpose of these grants is to offer spay/neuter services at the county level. Eligible entities include: county or municipal shelters, animal control agencies and nongovernmental, 501(c)(3), entities incorporated in West Virginia.
Individual pet owners are not eligible for direct grant funding.
 
Applications for fiscal year 2018 will be available October 1st, 2017, at http://www.agriculture.wv.gov/divisions/executive/Documents/Spay-Neuter.pdf and are due on November 1st, 2017. Applications will be accepted by e-mail at spayneuter@wvda.us. Paper applications will not be accepted. Successful applicants will be notified in early January, 2018.