The Missouri Department of Agriculture has grants available to any animal shelters, rescue groups and other non-profit groups for spay and neuter services. This is the sixth successful year for the program after last year’s $20,000 of donations. $100,000 have been raised since the program started in 2009. The Pet Spay & Neuter program is funded through the sales of “I’m Pet Friendly” license plates through the Missouri Department of Revenue. Each sale of the plate donates $20 to the Missouri Pet Spay & Neuter Fund, which is administered by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
The plates are available to Missouri residents making a donation to the program at any time throughout the year at the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) – a renewal notice is not necessary. Grants help each organization provide spay and neuter services to the animals they receive prior to making the animals available for adoption. Grant funds may also be used to assist low income pet owners who cannot afford these vital veterinary services.
For more information or a copy of the required forms and instructions for preparing an application are available on the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s website at mda.mo.gov.