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SOAPS Receives State Grant
Thursday, 23 May 2013

May 23--  The Georgia Department of Agriculture is spending $125,000 of its budget to help animal rescue groups pay for the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats.

ImageState Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black presented a $7,500 check to the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society Tuesday in Vidalia. (L-R Commissioner Black, Marcia Cherry, Therisa Ingley and Thyra Burakowski)  Black also had a message for pet owners.

"What we really need to get into the hearts and minds of families all across Georgia is that you should have your pet spayed or neutered.  The advantages of doing that from a social standpoint and for the animal's benefit and the general benefit of the community, it's one of the most responsible things a person could do," he said.

SOAPS leader Therisa Ingley says the state grant will help local efforts to control the animal population.

"We all know the only way to prevent the staggering number of unwanted pets we have in this area is through spay/neuter, so any amount of money we can apply toward that end is valuable.  Already this year we've approved over 400 spay/neuters.  At $100 a voucher, that's $40,000 we've already spent.  So, $7,500 means we can spay/neuter another 75 to 100 animals and that will reduce a lot of unwanted pets in this area," she reported. 

Commissioner Black advised citizens to talk with their city and county governments about enacting local laws to control breeding.  

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