TEXAS LITTER CONTROL RECEIVES $45,000 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES® TO OFFER LOW-COST SPAY/NEUTER SERVICES TO RESIDENTS IN EAST MONGOMERY COUNTY
Qualifying residents in six zip codes will receive services at no cost to proactively prevent unplanned litters
SPRING, Texas, January 26, 2017 – Texas Litter Control (TLC) today announced that it received a grant for $45,000 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to help spay/neuter 500 large breed dogs and puppies in East Montgomery County, Texas. TLC is targeting 6 zip codes which account for almost half of the pets entering into the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. The grant covers a spay/neuter surgery, micro-chip, rabies vaccine, DA2PP vaccine and an eCollar for large breed dogs and puppies belonging to qualifying residents at no cost.
Texas Litter Control has a cat adoption program, but their main focus is on prevention. The organization’s focus on prevention of pets going into the shelter has significantly decreased the intake numbers at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter and the Conroe Animal Shelter. A key factor in getting a shelter to a 90 percent live release rate is having a robust low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter program available to the public.
“We are focused on the areas which will show the biggest impact to the shelter the fastest,” explains Deana Sellens, executive director and founder of Texas Litter Control. “The Community Cat program was first in the queue because we had funding and the infrastructure to implement the program quickly. East County Dogs are the next biggest rub for the shelter, but we had no funding. Petsmart Charities stepped up to fill that void and we cannot thank them enough for the support to our community!”
“Texas Litter Control has made tremendous progress to reduce shelter intake in their community,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager, PetSmart Charities. “We hope this grant will allow them to build upon that momentum by proactively preventing unplanned litters, an important step in reducing the overpopulation of dogs and to find lifelong forever homes for all pets in need.”
This grant is focused on 6 zip codes (77357, 77302, 77365, 77306, 77303, and 77372). To qualify, pet owners must show proof of residence within one of the zip codes and proof of low income (pay stub showing income of $31,200 or lower), public assistance or Social Security. If you are in a neighborhood split by 2 zip codes, and you just happen to be on the wrong side of the street, you may still qualify for this offer. This grant will provide spay/neuter services for dogs and puppies over 25 pounds when full grown. Some restrictions apply. Visit http://www.texaslittercontrol.org/free-vouchers.html for full details and to apply for a voucher or call 832-953-4936.
The Montgomery County Animal Shelter has been four times over capacity for many years. It has been faced with terrible disease outbreaks and euthanasia for space. It is just not possible to keep up with the more than 20,000 animals surrendered each year. Montgomery County is a community. It is our responsibility as a community to help the shelter out and remember, to spay and neuter. Preventing even one unplanned litter can help the community take a small step towards preventing pet homelessness.
If you would like to donate toward Texas Litter Control’s efforts in your community, visit our website http://www.texaslittercontrol.org/donate-to-tlc.html. We take both monetary donations and non-cash items like automobiles, stocks and property. Texas Litter Control is a Texas Non Profit Corporation and a 501c3 public charity. All donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
If you have any questions about this program, feel free to contact us at 832-510-7622 or [email protected]
About Texas Litter Control
Texas Litter Control is a high quality, low cost spay/neuter/wellness clinic, adoption center, pet food bank, and shelter support program for companion animals and their owners. Our mission is to eliminate the suffering of companion pets by preventing animals entering into shelters in Harris, Montgomery and surrounding counties in Texas by:
a.) educating the public on the importance of spaying/neutering and proper pet healthcare;
b.) providing a low cost solution available to the general public for spay and neuter and basic wellness services;
c.) providing adoption options for fully vetted pets to the public;
d.) providing alternative solutions such as healthcare, food and other basic needs to pet owners considering surrendering a pet to a local shelter, and
e.) mentoring other animal welfare groups to open clinics in other under serviced areas.
The best way to help our local animal shelters is to prevent and divert as many animals from having to go through the sheltering system as possible. Being able to offer education and resources to the community is the key to ending the homeless pet problem our community faces!
TLC is a Texas non profit corporation and is a 501c3 tax exempt public charity. All donations are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
About Petsmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to pets in need by making donations directly to PetSmart Charities on a pin pad at the registers in PetSmart stores. PetSmart Charities administers and efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar of the generous donations by issuing grants and providing additional support to help pets in need. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.