Thursday, February 21, 2008
Humane Society seeks grant renewal
By SUE WATSON
Carmen Marlin and Sherri Janssen with the Marshall County Humane Society appeared before the board of supervisors last week to ask their support for a Mississippi Car Tag Grant.
A governing body has to act as a fiduciary for the grant, they said, but no funds are requested from supervisors.
The Humane Society used $2,800 in the 2007 grant to fund the spay/neuter clinic, they said.
“We used the money to help 93 families with the cost of 157 surgeries on dogs and cats,” Marlin said.
She said the neutering program reduces the stray dog and cat population and that the Humane Society exceeded its goals last year of 150 spay/neuterings by 4 percent, Marlin said.
This grant, if funded, would be spent to help animal lovers who need assistance with spay/neuterings, vaccinations and medicines to treat canine and feline diseases, she said.
“It’s much more effective to try to stop unwanted litters than to pick up strays off the road and try to find shelter for them,” she said.
Chances of getting funding this year may not be good, Marlin said, as the agency tries to spread the funds to as many organizations over the state as it can.
In its last application for the grant, the county board of supervisors provided a letter to be enclosed in the application and the chancery clerk’s office disbursed the grant money.
Patrons can support the grants by buying the “I care for animals” car tag. A portion of the fee for the tag goes to a fund to support animal health concerns.
The Mississippi Board of Animal Health handles the grant process for the state through its animal fund.
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