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PetSmart Charities awarded the City of Kansas City, Mo., Animal Health and Public Safety Division a $100,000 grant to provide free pet licensing, vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries for owners of unaltered pit bulls and pit bull mixes who reside in Kansas City's 64130 and 64132 ZIP codes. These two ZIP codes were chosen because they have an estimated 1,400 unaltered pit bulls and pit bull mixes - the most per capita in Kansas City, Mo.
Animal Health and Public Safety, a division of the Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department, hopes these free services will encourage pit bull owners to license their pets, which will reduce the number of stray and abandoned animals and may prevent possible nuisances or public safety threats.
"The cost to spay/neuter, vaccinate and license a pit bull or pit bull mix may be prohibitive for low-income families residing in the target ZIP codes," said Patrick Egberuare, manager of the Animal Health and Public Safety Division. "By providing these services for free, we hope to alter about 60 percent - or 850 - of the pit bulls and pit bull mixes in these ZIP codes."
Animal Health and Public Safety employees also hope the grant will improve relations between animal control officers and residents in these areas, as the officers will provide outreach regarding these free services to residents in the coming weeks.
To participate in the program, residents living in the 64130 and 64132 ZIP codes must visit a participating veterinarian, which include the following:
1. Spay & Neuter Kansas City, 1116 E. 59th St., Kansas City, Mo. For information, call 816-353-0940 or visit www.snkc.net.
2. Raytown Animal Hospital, 10401 E. 63rd St., Raytown, Mo. For information, call 816-353-3666 or email email@example.com.
3. Northland Animal Welfare Society, 3400 NW Vivion Road, Riverside, Mo. For information, call 816-336-1888 or visit www.pcnaws.org.
Participants must present a valid proof of residency to the vet. A maximum of four pets per household are eligible for this service.
The grant will begin immediately and continue until funds are exhausted or September 2014, when the grant expires.
According to City of Kansas City, Mo., ordinance, all pet dogs, cats and ferrets must be licensed. In addition, all pit bulls and pit bull mixes must be altered.
PetSmart Charities is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that awards grants to adoption and spay/neuter programs. They have provided more funding to help pets than any other animal welfare group in North America. For more information about PetSmart Charities, please visit http://www.petsmartcharities.org/.
For more information about this grant, please contact Patrick Egberuare, Animal Health and Public Safety Division manager, at 816-513-9803.
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The Northland Animal Welfare Society, Inc. ("NAWS") is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as a coalition for Clay and Platte counties dedicated to educating citizens regarding the humane treatment of animals. NAWS works to create awareness, regarding the need to reduce the number of homeless animals and to build a care and adoption campus so that every animal may live in a safe and caring environment.
The Northland Animal Welfare Society opened the NAWS Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic on February 25, 2012, making it the first ever spay and neuter clinic in the Northland. We believe that by offering education and low cost spay/neuter services to the higher risk, low income pet owners in the Northland, we can reduce the number of litters born and the number of animals brought into shelters and rescue groups throughout the area. Our target populations are low income residents who receive some type of government assistance such as: food stamps, Medicaid, SS, disability, etc., or people who are not receiving assistance and are working, but only earn less than $30,000 a year. We are not a full service clinic and only provide the following services for dogs and cats: spay, neuter, vaccinations, micro-chip, nail trim, heartworm test, feline FIV/Leukemia test, de-worming, tapeworm and capstar (24 hour flea treatment). Additionally, we also service clients (who do not have to meet income guidelines) in reducing the free roaming cat population in their neighborhood through the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program. Plus we offer services to area rescue groups at a reduced cost. Rescue group animals are altered and vetted prior to being adopted out thus preventing unplanned litters which would most likely end up in the already over capacity city shelters. Some businesses and people in the community regularly donate food and pet related items. This has afforded us the opportunity to have an onsite Food Pantry to assist our customers and rescue groups, as well as a Pet Boutique of gently used and new items for NAWS customers.
Since we opened, we have achieved the following: (as of 9/28/2013)
Served over 1100 clients
Served over 2865 patients
Spay/Neutered over 2311 dogs & cats
Number of dogs altered: 330
Number of cats altered (not TNR): 890
Number of cats altered through TNR: 353
Number of other services provided: (vaccines, microchip, nail trim, snap tests, heartworm tests, de-worm, tapeworm, Capstar): 6746