The Stone County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has received three grants from the American SPCA.
The first grant was for $5,000 to help pay the cost of transporting adoptable dogs from Stone County to areas of the country with a higher adoption rate.
"Our population of dogs and puppies is too high to adopt them out locally," said SCSPCA Director Katie Stonnington. "By transporting them to other areas, they do not have to be euthanized due to lack of space."
More than 400 dogs and puppies were sent to the Broward County Humane Society in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in 2012.
"All these pets were adopted," Stonnington said. "It is a win-win solution."
The second grant awarded was for $2,750 to provide discount spay and neuter vouchers to people with a low income.
"Many people love their pets and sincerely desire to spay and neuter them," Stonnington said. "However, the cost can be a real financial hardship.
"These vouchers allow those receiving some form of government assistance (food stamps, WIC, Medicaid, unemployment, disability, etc) to get a discounted price on spaying and neutering their pets."
The vouchers are accepted at Holland Veterinary Hospital (601-928-9994) and Animal Care Clinic (601-528-9993).
Pet owners can call these veterinary offices to see if they qualify and to reserve a voucher.
The third grant awarded was for $3,000 to spay and neuter feral cats.
This grant was intended for anyone dealing with an untamed cat colony.
"Often, two friendly strays can turn into a colony of 20-plus feral cats," Stonnington said.
To control the population one must trap, spay/neuter, and return them to where they were trapped.
The Stone County SPCA can provide the traps to catch the cats.
The organization can be reached at 601-270-7048 to borrow a trap.
The vouchers to spay and neuter the cats are also accepted at Holland Veterinary Hospital and Animal Care Clinic.
Again, call them to make an appointment and reserve a voucher.
The vouchers are available to anyone, including businesses.