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W.Va. Department of Agriculture to give grants for spaying, neutering


The State Journal

CHARLESTON, w.Va.  — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is taking grant applications as part of the West Virginia Spay Neuter Program.

The program was established in 2013, but was unfunded until House Bill 2552 was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice this year.

“This has been a long-standing effort by a few advocates that want to tackle West Virginia’s problems with feral animals,” Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt said. “Over the past few months, we have put together a committee consisting of concerned citizens that will facilitate all functions of this program.”

The purpose of these grants is to offer spay/neuter services at the county level. Eligible entities include: County or municipal shelters, animal control agencies and nongovernmental 501©(3) entities incorporated in West Virginia. Individual pet owners are not eligible for direct grant funding.

Applications are available at and are due on Nov. 1.

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