Fix Georgia Pets has joined a group of over 25 national organizations, led by the Humane Society of the United States, as part of #SpayTogether, which aims to enable animal shelters, veterinary clinics and rescue organizations to clear the backlog of spay and neuter surgeries due to COVID-19 shutdowns.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced communities across the country to temporarily suspend non-emergency veterinary services such as spay/neuter surgeries. As states begin to reopen businesses, animal shelters and veterinary clinics have backlogs of unaltered shelter pets, community cats and owned animals.
This summer, the Humane Society of the United States granted over $2.3 million to groups across the country to provide over 54,000 spay and neuter surgeries and also donated 50,000 microchips and over 23,000 vaccines.
To make an even greater impact in Georgia, Fix Georgia Pets provided matching funds allocated for Georgia efforts. As a result of this match, the groups awarded $40,000 to animal shelters, veterinary clinics and rescue organizations.
Grants were distributed to these Georgia organizations:
- Barrow County Animal Control
- Habersham County Animal Care and Control
- Humane Society of Northeast Georgia
- Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County
- National Spay Alliance Foundation
- Planned PEThood of Georgia
- The Rescue Ranch
“This proactive movement dovetails beautifully with the mission of Fix Georgia Pets,” said Caroline Hunter, executive director of Fix Georgia Pets. “Leveraging this opportunity helps keep our state from going backwards with pet overpopulation."
“We’re pleased to work with Fix Georgia Pets to bring lifesaving services to pets and their families,” said Debra Berger, Georgia state director for the Humane Society of the United States.
These grant funds will greatly help the backlog of surgeries by spaying and neutering over 1,300 Georgia pets in a three-month period.