2017-03-15 / Front Page

Jenkins County K-911 receives $5,000 grant

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


The Jenkins County K-911 Rescue organization is the recipient of a $5,000 Dog and Cat Sterilization Program grant through the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Shown, from left, are Mark Murrah, Companion Animal Program Manager, Department of Agriculture; Gary W. Black, Agriculture Commissioner; Sandra Sherrod and Celess Deal of K-911. 
(Photo contributed) The Jenkins County K-911 Rescue organization is the recipient of a $5,000 Dog and Cat Sterilization Program grant through the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Shown, from left, are Mark Murrah, Companion Animal Program Manager, Department of Agriculture; Gary W. Black, Agriculture Commissioner; Sandra Sherrod and Celess Deal of K-911. (Photo contributed) The Jenkins County K-911 Rescue organization is the recipient of a $5,000 Dog and Cat Sterilization Grant from the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

The grant will be used to offset the costs of spaying and neutering of the dogs rescued by K-911. Grant funds will also be available to help individuals with the costs of having their pets, both dogs and cats, spayed or neutered.

According to the Department of Agriculture, the dog and cat overpopulation is a tragic problem that affects all areas of Georgia. Each year thousands of healthy, friendly dogs and cats are euthanized because of pet overpopulation. In 2003, the Georgia General Assembly created the Dog and Cat Reproductive Sterilization Support Program to help with this problem through the spaying and neutering of dogs and cats. Currently funds are raised by the sale of three dog and cat license plates, the yearly tax check off and direct donations. Since the program’s inception, over 100,000 procedures have been performed by over 1,200 veterinarians.

“Anyone interested in getting financial help with having their pets spayed or neutered can fill out an application with us and if everything checks out, they will receive a voucher to take to the vet we use, Dr. Pat Dyer in Sylvania, to have their animal(s) spayed or neutered,” said Sandra Sherrod of K-911.

There is a limit of two vouchers per person, she added.

Since August of 2015, K-911 volunteers have picked up and taken in over 450 abandoned, abused, and stray dogs. In the past, the animals were fostered in the homes of volunteers where they were fed, watered, bathed, provided medications for worming, required shots, neutered and spayed. The organization recently opened a shelter on property at the Jenkins County/Millen Airport on Hwy. 25 North.

Some animals rescued by K-911 are re-homed locally. Others are surrendered to Home for Good Dog Rescue, a New Jersey-based rescue group.

A total of $600,000 was awarded to organizations statewide by the Department of Agriculture through the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program.

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