$50K PetSmart grant will help spay/neuter efforts in Valley

The Shenandoah Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic received a $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities® to increase its number of targeted spay/neuter surgeries by over 150 percent. The organization’s 6-year-old Spay/Neuter Clinic alters more than 14,000 animals per year on average to proactively fight the area’s dire shelter pet o verpopulation problem.

This program offers subsidized and free spay/neuter services for pets of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County residents in zip codes 22801 & 22802. The grant funding will help bolster the Clinic’s current subsidy program, Aidan’s Friends Fund, which is used to provide free and low-cost surgeries to dog and cat owners in need of assistance. Aidan’s Friends Fund made 1,245 surgeries possible in 2010. For more information about these programs or to contact the Clinic, visit spayandneuterclinic.org.

“We are excited to be able to offer this wonderful service to area residents in need,” said Cate Mansfield, executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic. “We also hope that this program will help to reduce the intake at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA.”

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.


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