As you know, the Friends of the Holbrook Animal Shelter were awarded two grants from the Arizona Companion Animal Spay/Neuter Committee in January 2020: $2,500 for a Community Cat Sterilization project, $5,000 for a Public Spay/Neuter program.
Community Cat Sterilization Program (aka “TNR”)
This project funds feral cat sterilization surgeries, commonly called trap-neuter-release (TNR). We have a handful of traps for these cats. We’ve targeted several locations with high feral cat populations, and we’ve asked for feedback from the community to see if there are others. The program funds apply ONLY to the cost of the surgeries. We are raising money separately for the surgeries’ necessary accompanying rabies vaccinations. We’ve asked the community to keep their pets indoors during these trapping missions so we do not accidentally trap someone’s pet cat. TNR cats’ ears will be tipped so we know which ones have been sterilized.
Public Spay/Neuter Program (aka “Vouchers”)
This grant award applies to our Community Spay/Neuter Voucher Program where we offer $10 vouchers for the sterilization surgeries for community pets. This grant’s funds apply directly to the cost of these surgeries. We expect individual pet owners to pay for the necessary vaccinations, and, if they wish, optional pain medication as well. We are working with two vets in the area; they will schedule these surgery appointments with each participant directly. The vouchers expire 30 days after issue, so the surgery needs to be scheduled immediately upon issue. The vouchers are limited, and we appreciate the community’s enthusiasm and patience while we work on this program together.
We are honored to be among the seventy-four (74) programs that will benefit from the $432,165 disbursed for the 2019-2020 grant period. These grant funds were made available from the support and sales of the Arizona Companion Animal Spay and Neuter Pet Friendly License Plates. For more information on the AZ Pet Plates visit azpetplates.org OR to get your own license plate and directly support the group’s life-saving efforts for homeless pets, visit servicearizona.com