By Christina Strong
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
Several animal shelters across Michigan have been awarded thousands of dollars from Michigan taxpayers to develop and expand spay and neuter services. Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter was one recipient of 2010 Companion Animal Welfare Fund money.
The state established the fund in 2007. It is backed by donations of part or all of a Michigan resident’s tax refund or a voluntary donation.
“We’re happy to have the ability to pay back into these programs. It’s heartwarming to see its citizens willing to put money into this,” said Steven Halstead, state veterinarian.
Ingham County Animal Control and Shelter received $10,000, the maximum allowed for any shelter that applies for the grant.
The money will allow the shelter to “comply with 100% of spay and neuter services of animals that are going to be adopted,” said Jamie McAloon, director of the Shelter.
The shelter will have to implement and complete the expansion of its spay and neuter program before it will receive the funding.
“We’re getting $10,000. Seven thousand will be used to purchase equipment like surgical tables, and $3,000 is being put aside to assist with additional labor that is going to be needed for this program,” McAloon said.
The shelter is one of several in the state of Michigan who received grants. Others included Eaton, Benzie and Isabella Counties.
Jill Irving, executive director for the Humane Animal Treatment Society said the grant will allow Isabella County Animal Control, like Ingham “to provide spay and neuter services to assist us in successfully controlling the animal population.”
The grant will also supplement private funding and donations they receive.
The program raised $118,372.58 in 2010 and will distribute money until it is gone.