The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society received a portion of the fees collected from the “I Care for Animals” specialty tags. Motorists can purchase the tags for an additional $31, with proceeds funding a variety of animal-related causes throughout the state.
TLHS received $2,500 this year.
“It’s actually part of a grant that we had applied for several years ago,” said TLHS Director Debbie Hood. “When it’s gone, we have to apply again.”
The funds will offset the cost of pet sterilizations at the shelter’s Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic on South Gloster Street.
Typically, the clinic charges $65 to sterilize a dog, $50 to spay a female cat and $35 to neuter a male cat.
But for families who receive grants, it will cost only $35 for dogs, $25 for female cats and $20 for male cats.
Sterilizations help reduce the community’s population of unwanted pets, most of which end up at the animal shelter. Currently, the facility has 194 dogs and 102 cats in need of homes, Hood said. Those who are not adopted will be euthanized.
Only families that qualify as low-income will be offered grants, and proof of income is required. To apply, call the Spay-Neuter Clinic at (662) 210-7729.
TO APPLY FOR A GRANT, call the Spay-Neuter Clinic at (662) 210-7729.
FOR FAMILIES WHO RECEIVE GRANTS, sterilization will cost only $35 for dogs, $25 for female cats and $20 for male cats.