The I Care for Animals Car Tag Program, which is administered by the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, offers an opportunity for Mississippians to purchase a specialty license plate.
The proceeds from the purchase of the special tags go into a state animal care fund, which is distributed to animal shelters and humane organizations that apply and meet the criteria for award.
"Our goal with the funds is to help offer elderly, fixed income and multiple pet owners to get their pets spayed or neutered at no cost," said Sherri Norquist of the BCHS. "We are currently working with local veterinarians to set up a spay/neuter clinic so we can do the procedures at one time."
Norquist said anyone interested in the clinic may call 662-719-8119 or write a letter to BCHS, P.O. Box 1995, Cleveland, MS 38759.
Those who are interested must state their need, what animals they have and the genders of the animals.
"Anyone is welcome to write. We will try to get to as many animals as we can with the money," she added.
Norquist said with the grant funds from the past couple of years, they were able to spay or neuter 180 pets.
"Our mission is to prevent the over population of animals in our area and to prevent animal cruelty," she said. "Also anyone interested in joining the BCHS is welcome to give me a call."
According to Beth Adcock, the I Care for Animals Car Tag grant administrator, this is not the first time the BCHS has been awarded this grant.
"They received a similar grant in 2009 and 2010," she said.
Adcock said the price of the tags varies but should be around $30.
"Roughly $25 of that will go into one general fund that goes toward this grant," she added. "You'll have to check with the county tax assessor to find out the exact price."
Adcock said if anyone is interested in purchasing a tag, they should go to the county tax assessor's office to request the specialty tag.
In a release from the program, the I Care for Animals Car Tag Program is in its eighth year of assisting animal shelters primarily with spay/neuter programs, and also with general projects, which benefit homeless animals.
"This program has awarded funds to aid to over 50 organizations in the state," Adcock said. "Over $400,000 has been given to help shelters all over the state since the program began in 2004."
The grant funds mainly go toward aiding animal shelter spay/neuter programs but can also be used for other needs said Adcock.
The BCHS was established in 1977 to promote animal spay/neuter and the prevention of cruelty to animals.
Anyone interested in adopting an animal, donating or volunteering should call 662-719-8119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations may be mailed to BCHS, P.O. Box 1995, Cleveland, MS 38759.