The Maryland Department of Agriculture has awarded almost $600,000 in grants to nonprofits and government agencies across the state to provide spay/neuter services to low-income pet owners and caregivers of “unowned” outdoor cats.
The grants, announced Nov. 9, represent the second award under the state’s new spay/neuter program and the first to cover outdoor cats, most of which are considered “feral” or unadoptable. The latest round, selected from 30 applications, will pay to sterilize thousands of cats and dogs. The 19 new grant recipients are:
- HART for Animals (Garrett and Allegany Counties), $38,800, pet cats and dogs
- Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County, $11,250, pet cats and dogs
- Tip Me Frederick (Frederick County), $23,736, unowned cats
- Caroline County Humane Society (Caroline and Dorchester Counties), $41,058, pet cats and dogs
- Baltimore County Department of Health, $45,514, pet cats and dogs
- Maryland SPCA and BARCS (Baltimore City), $110,450, pet cats and dogs
- Sunshine’s Friends Cat Rescue and Sanctuary (Anne Arundel and Howard Counties), $7,106, unowned cats
- Rude Ranch Animal Rescue and Spay Spa and Neuter Nook (Anne Arundel County), $35,708, pet cats and dogs
- Talbot Humane and Baywater Animal Rescue (Talbot and Dorchester Counties), $48,355, pet cats and dogs
- Snip/Tuck Inc. (Dorchester County), $8,046, unowned cats
- Sunshine’s Friends Cat Rescue and Sanctuary (Anne Arundel and Howard Counties), $11,629, pet cats and dogs
- Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, $10,035, pet cats and dogs
- MCPAW (Montgomery County), $19,820, unowned cats
- Last Chance Animal Rescue (Charles County), $37,700, pet cats and dogs
- Humane Society of Charles County, $31,097, pet cats and dogs
- Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation, $42,261, pet cats and dogs
- Humane Society of Somerset County, $25,800, pet cats
- Charm City Companions (Baltimore City), $17,160, pet cats and dogs
- Chesapeake Feline Association (Cecil County), $25,103, unowned cats
The department said it plans to unveil its third call for grant proposals in January. The first round of grants, announced in November 2014, provided almost $475,000 to 14 nonprofits and government agencies.
The program is designed to reduce the number of cats and dogs put down in animal shelters in the state. It is funded by a surcharge on registration fees that pet food manufacturers must pay to sell their products in Maryland.