Georgia Agriculture Dept. Taking Applications for Dog and Cat Sterilization Grant Program

The Georgia Department of Agriculture is once again taking applications for next year’s Dog and Cat Sterilization Grant Program.

This program was created to provide financial assistance for sterilization procedures of companion animals in Georgia.

The Georgia General Assembly created the Dog and Cat Reproductive Sterilization Support Program in 2003 to help with overpopulation through the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats.

Funds to support this program are raised by the sale of Georgia’s dog and cat license plates and the state income tax check off.

Since 2003, more than 70,000 procedures have been performed by 1,200 veterinarians statewide and state officials say these efforts will continue to be expanded through this new grant program.

Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31.

A review committee will assess grant applications and funding will be awarded based on the highest priority proposals.

Both the animal and licensed municipal animal shelter or nonprofit animal rescue organization must reside in Georgia in order to be eligible for the program.

Recipients could receive up to $10,000.

For more information or to apply for the grant, please visit

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black says that through these grant funds, the Agriculture Department hopes to help ease the burden of municipal animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescues by increasing the number of dogs and cats sterilized in Georgia.