Grant will help spay/neuter more pets at low-cost clinic


Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 5:13 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 5:13 p.m.

Gainesville Pet Rescue was recently awarded $25,000 in money raised through the sale of Florida's spay/neuter license plates and will use the grant to sterilize pets at the No More Homeless Pets' Operation PetSnip high-volume, low-cost, spay/neuter clinic.

"Our goal is to increase the number of pet sterilizations in the community by providing free spay and neuter services to 180 cats and 180 dogs belonging to low-income, qualifying residents of Alachua County and surrounding rural counties, for a total of 360 animals through the SNAP 2 grant," Heather Thomas, executive director of Gainesville Pet Rescue, said in a press release.

No More Homeless Pets' Operation PetSnip clinic has sterilized more than 16,000 animals, the release states.

Randy Caligiuri, the organization's veterinarian, said spaying and neutering is the top way to prevent pet euthanasia and reduce pet overpopulation.

Spaying and neutering also helps animals live longer and healthier by eliminating or reducing many of the health and behavior issues that result in a lot of animals being relinquished to shelters.

The grant will launch Monday for qualifying low-income residents of Alachua County and surrounding counties. Call No More Homeless Pets at 376-6647 for more information and appointments. More information is available on Facebook at No More Homeless Pets: Operationpetsnip or at www.nmhp.net.

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