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July 12, 2014

Lowndes Humane Society receives grant

-- — The Humane Society of Valdosta-Lowndes County was recently awarded  a $3,500 grant from Best Friends Animal Society. The grant will support  the Humane Society of Valdosta-Lowndes County’s lifesaving work for community cats.

 The Humane Society of Valdosta-Lowndes County is pleased to have received a grant from Best Friends Animal Society for its Trap Neuter Return program to help Valdosta and Lowndes County humanely control its community cat

population.

The Humane Society of Valdosta-Lowndes County participates in Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets Network, a program offering help and support to grassroots animal rescue groups saving lives in their communities.

“This grant project targets free-roaming community cats at serious risk of being killed if they enter shelters,” said Liz Finch, senior manager of Best Friends’ Community Programs and Services. “It provides an innovated solution to save their lives in alignment with Best Friends’ determination to help Save Them All.”

Through the Humane Society of Valdosta-Lowndes County’s Trap Neuter Return Program, homeless, free-roaming cats are sterilized using trap-neuter-return (TNR), the widely accepted, humane method of controlling populations of free-roaming cats. The cats are also vaccinated.

“TNR is an alternative to the ‘trap and kill’ policies that traditionally have been employed to address an abundance of stray cats and nuisance complaint situations,” Finch said. “Trap and kill repeatedly has been proven to be ineffective, cost-prohibitive and publicly unpalatable.”

“This grant means that we can add the Trap Neuter Return Program this year to our efforts to make Valdosta and Lowndes County a no-kill community,” said Jamie Catikos. “Our goal is to perform at least 250 spay/neuter operations over the next year. We would like to thank Best Friends Animal Society for their support in making this project a great success.”

Every day, approximately 9,000 pets are killed in shelters because they don’t have a home. Best Friends Animal Society and its No More Homeless Pets Network partners, such as The Humane Society of Valdosta-Lowndes County are committed to saving them. This lifesaving grant is part of Best Friends Animal Society’s work to help Save Them All.

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