Chief Animal Control Officer and Harlan Animal Shelter Manager Duncan Caldwell asked for and received Harlan Fiscal Court’s approval an application for a $5,000 grant from for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) Spay/Neuter Program.
Taking the action during a recent special-called meeting, Duncan said KDA offers grants totaling $150,000 to help Kentuckians spay and neuter their pets.
Fiscal courts and 501(c)(3) organizations,which are more than 3-years-old, are eligible to apply for the grants.
Eligible applicants may use funding to hold a spay/neuter clinic or run a voucher program.
Grants are limited to a maximum of $5,000. The program is funded by sales of the Kentucky spay/neuter license plate. The Kentucky Animal Control Advisory Board also accepts donations for the program.
“We’ve been doing the spay/neuter program for the past five to six years here in Harlan County,” said Caldwell. “In the last three to four years we’ve really been hitting it hard. When I first took this position, in the springtime we’d see anywhere from 20 to 25 litters per week. Now, through the entire spring we might see 25 litters total. We’re impacting the numbers of unwanted pets through the spay/neuter program.”
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a recent press release, “This is a very popular program that helps control the population of unwanted animals in Kentucky.”
“I encourage everyone to prevent a litter and fix your critter,” said Caldwell.
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