PAWS of NELA gets grant to help spay & neuter 100 area pets
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Staci Choate, with PAWS of NE Louisiana, says on Tuesday they received a grant to help cover 95% of the costs to spay and neuter 100 pets in the area.
A few weeks ago we told you the organization had to suspend their Spay and Neuter program for low-income families due to a lack of funding. During COVID-19, fundraisers and adoptions slowed down, and they need as many donations as possible to continue helping families.
The program is still suspended, but this grant is a big step toward getting it back up and running in January of next year.
“I am so excited because it really just broke my heart to have to tell people, ‘No, we can’t help you’,” says Choate. “It’s just a drop in the bucket, but to those people who qualify, that drop in the bucket helps and they’re appreciative.”
Choate says it will cost $5 per pet, and they ask that you have a W-2 form and your current paycheck when you apply.
Applications will be accepted until July 20th, and they'll make their final decisions by August 1st. She says they'll do surgeries in August and September.
Since their Spay and Neuter program started, they've been able to help 13,000 animals, spending around $100,000 a year. Choate says since then, they've seen the stray animal population decrease in Northeast Louisiana.
"Pets are vital, we see it in scientific studies that just owning a pet will lower your blood pressure, will help you live longer, lower your heart rate, that's why we have our Pet Therapy and Humane Education program," explains Choate. "Where we actually take our trained pets and certified pets and go into nursing homes because we see that those residents who maybe had a pet but can't in their current situation benefit so much."
They just started their Sponsor a Spay campaign, where you can donate $50 to cover the cost of one surgery.
Choate says the only other low-cost spay and neuter clinics are in Shreveport and Vicksburg, so their program really fills a void here.
"We did try to open up one here a few years ago, we had the funds, we had the building, we had everything, but we couldn't find a vet that wanted to come work for us, or come work in this area really," explains Choate. "So that is an idea that we have always kept open, we still have those funds waiting, we're just waiting for a vet to say 'hey, let's do it'."
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