2013-06-05 / News

Old Fella gets $6,000 grant

By Elizabeth Billips


Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black awards the grant to Old Fella volunteer Barry McFeat. Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black awards the grant to Old Fella volunteer Barry McFeat. A grassroots animal rescue group has been selected for a $6,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Old Fella Burke County Animal Rescue was one of 19 Georgia organizations tapped for a share in $125,000 that has been earmarked for spay and neuter programs.

According to Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, the state initiative is funded by the purchase of the Dog and Cat Sterilization Auto Tag, as well as direct tax deductible donations to the program.

Old Fella volunteers said the funds will go into the organization’s “Litter Patrol,” a spay-neuter program through which nearly 1,500 dogs and cats have been sterilized since its inception five years ago.

“Often local communities have citizens that are burdened by the high costs of having their pets spayed or neutered,” said Commissioner Black. “This grant will target and aid these communities across Georgia by keeping strays off the street and controlling the animal population in a humane manner.”

To become an Old Fella volunteer or download a spay-neuter voucher, go to www.oldfella.org or call 888-846-3792.

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