Saving Orson

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM.

“We’ve got a year to spend it and we are really focused on the areas of Oak Grove, Highland View and North Port St. Joe,” Townsend said.

Townsend said the grant was important because rural communities rarely have the resources to undertake such a program. Most of similar grants target more urban or heavily populated areas, but “they were impressed with our pitch to them.”

 As for a long-term address of spay and neuter needs, Townsend said the grant provides the ability for the humane society to get out in the community to educate people on the need to spay and neuter pets.

“We are hoping to go into churches,” Townsend said. “We want to just educate people.”

Giving an unwanted or surprise litter away, Townsend said, does not address the problem as there is no telling where those dogs will end up and whether those offspring will be spayed or neutered. Passing on the problem, Townsend noted, does not address the problem.

“What happens to their offspring?” she said.

To download an application form to spay or neuter a dog in the 32456 zip code, visit or fax the SJBHS at 227-1191. Application forms can also be picked up at the Humane Society shelter on 10th Street in Port St. Joe or at Bow Wow Beach downtown.

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