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Grants are now available for animal shelters in Tennessee

The application period for grants is open until May 13.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Animal shelters in Tennessee can now apply for grants to provide low-cost spay and neuter services.

Funds from Tennessee’s specialty license plate Animal Friendly - Spay and Neuter Saves Lives go to Animal Friendly Grants, a program administered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Animal Health Division

The application period for grants is open until May 13.

“In addition to preventing more litters of unwanted dogs and cats, spaying and neutering your pets can help protect them against some health issues,” State Veterinarian Dr. Samantha Beaty said. “The grants also help shelters in Tennessee in reducing population and avoiding crowding.”

The grants are available to government-run shelters or non-profit organizations that provide low-cost spay and neuter services.

Grant awards help defray the costs of the procedures and are based on the number of animals the organization serves and the number of counties reached.

Shelters and organizations that serve economically distressed counties are prioritized, and veterinarians performing the procedures must be licensed in Tennessee.

Click here for the application.

If you have any questions send an email to animal.friendlygrants@tn.gov or call 615-837-5002.

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