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September 22nd, 2009
San Marcos animal shelter wins grant


A Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Animal Friendly license plate grant of $20,000 has been awarded to the City of San Marcos for a spay/neuter voucher program in partnership with PALS (Pet Prevent a Litter).

DSHS grant funds are generated by the sale of “Animal Friendly” license plates to Texas drivers.

The San Marcos Animal Shelter and PALS will issue free pet sterilization vouchers to residents of Hays County who cannot afford spay and neutering services for their pets starting this September.

“We help people who otherwise might not be able to afford spaying or neutering to better care for their pets,” said Sharri Boyett, president of PALS

Qualified Hays County residents include those who receive public assistance, have low income, disablilities or similar hardships. Hays County residents who would like to apply for a voucher may call the shelter at (512)-805-2650 or PALS at (512) 754-PALS (7257).

PALS of Central Texas is a non-profit corporation devoted to ending pet overpopulation and homelessness. PALS promotes responsible pet care through community education and spay/neutering programs for those in need.

“Our group is dedicated to ending the tragedy of pet homelessness through neutering and spaying programs as well as humane education programs,” Boyett said.

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