Pennsylvania Grants Funds to Animal Shelters

Thirty-seven grants totaling $305,000 have been awarded to organizations in 34 counties.

Pennsylvania humane societies and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals will receive additional state financial support in 2006 for their work protecting stray dogs. The states Department of Agricultures Dog Control Reimbursement Grant Program will provide money to shelters that accept stray canines from the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

The grants help organizations comply with state law by reimbursing their operating expenses, said Dennis Wolff, Pennsylvanias agriculture secretary.

Pennsylvanias dog law requires canine control facilities, like humane societies, to hold a stray dog for a minimum of 48 hours, said Wolff. This program helps these facilities meet their expenses and eases worried pet owners minds knowing their missing dogs have a place to stay.

Thirty-seven grants totaling $305,000 have been awarded to organizations in 34 counties. Grants are based on an organizations qualifications, and are either $5,000 or $10,000. Funding for the program comes from the sale of individual dog and kennel licenses through the states Dog Law Restricted Account.

Posted November 3, 2005, 4:00 p.m. PST


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Bobbi   Everson, PA

2/27/2008 3:09:13 PM

I think it is wonderful that the state will give grants to animal shelters. I hope in the future even more monies and attention is given to this much needed community service. Most shelter owners are stretched to the limits because of little funding and volunteers. Most shelters are non-profit. Shelters provide a service to all in the communit--- even people who do not like animals. It should be noted that shelters help take the dogs "off the street", provide neutering-spaying for animals, thus cutting down on the animal population. Animal lovers many times support the shelters financially. I feel even people who do not care for the cat and dog population should also feel it is there responsibility to provide some sort of funding as it is getting the animals "out of there back yards and off their properties"

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