St. Mary's Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) Spay/Neuter Grants

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St. Mary's Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) Spay/Neuter Grants

Leonardtown, MD - 7/27/2011

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The St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (SMAWL) is proud to announce that in the fiscal year ending April 30, 2011 we provided 387 grants to spay or neuter dogs and cats in our area in an effort to control pet overpopulation.Of the 387 grants, 116 were provided to neuter cats, 134 were provided to spay cats, 61 were provided to neuter dogs and 76 were provided to spay dogs.In addition, at the same time we provided grants for 187 rabies vaccinations.

The ASPCA estimates that the average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two per year; and the average number of kittens is 4-6 per litter.The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year; and the average number of puppies is 4-6.Based on these estimates, approximately 1,720 kittens and puppies were not added to the pet population of St. Mary’s County in just one year.During the fertile life of a dog or cat these numbers increase exponentially.

“This is phenomenal and without donations received from our members, the public and the support of The Snyder Foundation for Animals we would not have been able to achieve such a milestone,” says Katie Werner, President of SMAWL.“Our goal was to provide subsidized spay/neuter services, including vaccinations when necessary, for approximately 250 animals to include dogs and cats of low income families, of the unemployed, and of the elderly, and feral and stray cats and we have far exceeded that goal.”

In its continuing collaboration with the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Safety’s Animal Control Division, 119 of the grants were provided by animal control officers working in the community.“We are proud to have Animal Control working with us to in this important endeavor,” said Werner.“They are interacting with the public on a daily basis and see the need that’s out there.It’s so important to reach all segments of our County and educate them on the importance of controlling pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering; Animal Control has been an integral part of our education efforts.”

A grant is a no-cost spay/neuter service and a voucher is a low cost spay/neuter service.Grants and vouchers can be applied for at one of SMAWL’s adoption events at PETCO or at one of our Rabies Clinics.The PETCO adoption events are held at the PETCO in California, MD on the first and third Saturday of each month between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Rabies Clinics are held on the second Monday of each month from March through November between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds.

Due to the anesthesia used it is important to know the species, breed, gender, age and weight of the animal.This will determine whether a person is eligible for a grant or a voucher.SMAWL will provide up to five grants to one individual and they are good for 30 days after they are given.

Residents who wish to apply for a Spay/Neuter Grant or Voucher should visit one of SMAWL’s PETCO adoption events or Rabies Clinics; those who are unable to attend should leave a message on the SMAWL Hotline at 301-373-5659 or send an e-mail to smawl@yahoo.com.The continued success of the Spay/Neuter Grant & Voucher Program will depend, in part, on the donations received from our community.All donations are tax-deductible, and a donation receipt will be provided at the donor’s request.To make a donation, please send a check made payable to SMAWL to PO Box 1232, Leonardtown, MD, 20650, and include a note that the gift is to be used for the Spay/Neuter Grant & Voucher Program; donations can also be made through PayPal by going to www.SMAWL.org.



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