Dogs at an animal shelter
ATLANTA -- Georgia officials are offering funding to groups interested in running spay and neuter programs for pets.
Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black says the money is intended to make pet sterilization more affordable to ease the strain on Georgia's animal shelters.
Money for the program is raised through the sale of dog and cat license plates and through voluntary donations made by taxpayers. Black's department said that since 2003, more than 70,000 procedures have been performed under the program.
Black said grant applicants will be accepted from licensed animal shelters and nonprofit animal rescue groups. Recipients can receive up to $10,000. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31.