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Jan 15 2018

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WV Spay Neuter Grants Awarded!

On Jan 10, 2018, 36 groups received grants awarded by the WV Dept. of Agriculture.   9 additional groups were notified they would receive a grant as the remainder of the funding becomes available.   Remember, FOHO asked for $900,000 from the WV Legislature but the amount received was cut in half.  FOHO will do an analysis of the program soon.   It is an exciting time even with the limited funding.    The intent was to fund as many groups as possible to spread the funding throughout the state.

PRESS RELEASE:    WVDA Awards Spay and Neuter Grant Awards  (Jan 18, 2018)

Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has announced grant awards for the West Virginia Spay and Neuter Assistance Program. There were 60 applications requesting more than $1 million dollars in grant funding. Thirty-six projects will initially receive funding.

“I am extremely pleased with the process that my staff and volunteers took in determining award recipients. We brought in people outside the department to help review and rank applicants,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “This is all a part of our effort to ensure good, transparent government.”

The Spay and Neuter program was established in 2013, but was unfunded until House Bill 2552 was passed by the Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Justice in 2017. The purpose of these grants is to offer spay/neuter services at the county level. Eligible entities included: county or municipal shelters, animal control agencies and nongovernmental, 501(c)(3), entities incorporated in West Virginia. Individual pet owners were not eligible for direct grant funding.

“Some applicants have asked about the possibility of a potential second round of awards. We wish we could fund all the eligible applications, but the pet food fees collected, which funds the program, falls short of the funds requested. We intend to allocate all funds that are available,” said WVDA Chief of Staff Norman Bailey “We are happy to see such an interest in the program, and are hopeful that additional funds will be allocated.”

If additional funds become available, the WVDA plans to award monies to projects that were not initially funded in a second round of awards.

 

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