Saturday, November 20, 2010

SSP wins $25,000 grant for spay & neuter

Last month, supporters from across the United States banded together to help Saving Shelter Pets win a $25,000 grant for their Spay & Neuter program through the Pepsi Refresh contest. The grant contest, sponsored by PepsiCo, distributes over $1 million a month to ideas which have a positive impact on their community. Each month, a few hundred grant proposals are selected for a total of 4 categories, with award winners based on the number of online votes each idea receives. After 2 months in the running, Saving Shelter Pets was able to finish in 7th place at the end of November, securing $25,000 in funding for their spay & neuter work in Murray County, Georgia.

Chatsworth, Georgia (and the surrounding area of Murray County) is an economically depressed area where the local animal shelter is forced to euthanize many healthy pets each week due to pet over-population. Saving Shelter Pets aims to significantly reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs by proactively addressing the problem at its source: a large population of unaltered cats and dogs.

With the $25,000 grant funding from Pepsi, Saving Shelter Pets will host a low-cost spay & neuter clinic each month in 2011. The clinics will assist low-income families in fixing their personal pets at an affordable cost. In addition to low-cost clinics, the grant funding will provide at least one free clinic for feral and/or domestic cats, one free clinic for pitbulls, and will help supplement the funding needed to fix additional cats and dogs through the Puppy Promises program (also based in Murray County).

This spay & neuter work for 2011 will not only reduce intake numbers at the local animal shelter by preventing future litters from being born; it will also help to educate the community on responsible pet ownership and the importance of spay & neuter. Stay tuned for updates on individual clinics!

Saving Shelter Pets would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to their volunteers, supporters, friends, family, and other participating grant groups who voted last month to make this grant win possible!

About Saving Shelter Pets:
Saving Shelter Pets (SSP) strives to eliminate euthanasia as a method of population control for homeless companion animals, by providing no-kill alternative solutions and pro-actively addressing the problem of pet overpopulation.SSP is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization with supporters nationwide. Please see our FAQs for more information.

The animals pictured in this or any other message are NOT available for adoption. We do not have the resources to properly screen adoptive homes. We send our dogs and cats to pre-approved no-kill rescues in the Northeast, and these rescues will then adopt them into wonderful forever homes.

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