2018-04-12 / Business

Local animal shelters to receive state grant funding

By Ben Gagnon

GENESEE COUNTY – Registered animal shelters throughout Michigan will get a much-needed boost of funding from the state government to develop animal care projects and make improvements to facilities.

Altogether, 21 shelters will receive a total of $124,999 from the Animal Welfare Fund, which is directed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Industry Division (MDARD).

Since 2010, the Animal Welfare Fund has distributed grant money to over 152 facilities in the state.

The funds are intended to increase the number of adoptions through spay and neuter programs, provide educational programs and training for shelter staff and reimburse shelters for the cost of lodging animals housed for legal investigations.

Close to home, Genesee County Animal Control received $10,000 in Animal Welfare grants. The

Humane Society of Genesee County was also awarded $4,952 of MDARD grant money.

Humane Society executive director Ruth Cantor said that the funding will be used to purchase surgical packs and equipment for the spay and neuter clinic, as well as non-slip pads and heating pads for cages.

“We’re committed to making sure that all animals are sterilized before they leave the clinic,” she said.

“This (funding) will make it easier for our staff to keep up with large numbers of surgeries and incoming animals.”

The Humane Society most recently received grants in 2015 as part of MDARD’s anti-cruelty program.

Cantor said that funds in the past have also been used to replace cage doors and update the shelter’s intake and prep areas.

“As a non-profit, we rely entirely on donations and grants to maintain the shelter,” she said.

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