County received spay and neuter grant

A spay-and-neuter reimbursement grant has been awarded to St. Joseph County.
County grant writer James Hissong told county commissioners last week that a $15,000 grant was received from an anonymous foundation. The grant will allow the county to provide spaying or neutering services for dogs and cats at its animal control department.
Hissong said the grant will eliminate what could be a common barrier to animals becoming adopted. Previously, prospective owners would pay a deposit then be reimbursed after providing proof of spaying or neutering. The process becomes simpler as a result of the spaying or neutering prior to adoption, Hissong said.
Animal control will still charge a small adoption and license fee.

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