Birth control for canines – it is free

Humane Society

The goal of the free – emphasis on free- spay neuter program is to reduce the number of dogs that end up like this, in cages and waiting for adoption.

Tim Croft | The Star
Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM.

Hard to believe that in this day and time a chunk of free money could go unspent.

But that is precisely the dilemma facing the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society has it nears the end of a one-year grant from Pet Smart to facilitate spay and neuter services for dogs in the 32456 zip code.

If the $20,000 in grant funds is not spent by June 15, the money will have to be returned to the Pet Smart Foundation.

And given the number of stray and abandoned dogs at the Humane Society base on 10th Street in Port St. Joe and how quickly the ranks of candidates for the DAWGS in Prison program are filled with shelter dogs, the volunteers and staff at the SJBHS is finding reasons that grant dollars remain unspent elusive.

“There is a real need,” said Lynda Gangeme, a volunteer for the SJBHS who with her husband, John, also a grant writer, secured the Pet Smart grant.

And they are pretty proud of that work.

The grant is the largest the foundation has given out to such a small area and after requesting $15,000 the couple was quite pleased with the higher award.

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