Starting later this month a grant from the Georgia Department of Agriculture will, pending approval from the Glynn County Commission, pay for spay and neuter surgeries for low-income county pet owners.

“We anticipate, depending on the breakdown between male and female, dog and cat, since the cost is different for each one ... we’re estimating around 60 pets will be able to be spayed or neutered with this grant,” said Animal Control Manager Tiffani Hill.

Animal Control plans to partner with Island Animal Hospital to perform the spay and neuter surgeries on pets.

“The agreement with Island Animal Hospital is a requirement of the grant,” Hill said.

Among other things, the grant required animal control partner with veterinarians who were certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At the time the grant applications was written, Island Animal Hospital employed the only two USDA-accredited vets in the county, Hill said.

Animal control is unable to accept applications at present, as the Glynn County Commission must accept the grant first. The commission is expected to consider accepting the grant at its Dec. 6 meeting.

If approved, applications will be available on Dec. 7 in animal control’s shelter on U.S. Highway 17 and at glynncounty.org/1384/Animal-Control.

Hill said the application will be much simpler than it was last time around.

“We’ve streamlined the application process as much as we can and still meet the requirement for grant reporting so we can make it easier for people to take advantage of the grant,” Hill said.

While the program is aimed at low-income residents, Hill said animal control won’t rule out anyone who doesn’t meet federal guidelines.

“We’re going to have people write an explanation on their application as to how they qualify of free spay/neuter services and submit to us some piece of documentation indicating they are low-income,” Hill said. “We don’t want to rule somebody out because they make a few dollars more than the federal guideline.”

Free surgeries are limited to Glynn County residents exclusively, and each household can only apply for three pets. The surgeries will be performed at Island Animal Hospital.

Hill also noted that the money for the grant is paid for by revenue from the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s pet sterilization program license plates.

Call animal control at 912-554-7500 for information.

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