MARC Receives Best Friends Animal Society Grant to Offer Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program

Jasper, Marion County, TN — MARC - Marion Animal Resource Connection is pleased to have received a grant from Best Friends Animal Society to help conduct our Community Pets Spay Neuter Campaign to Spay or Neuter dogs and cats belonging to low income people in Marion County, helping to reduce the number of stray animals and the number of animals entering the two town animal pounds. Additionally, this grant is supported by Rachael's Rescue, a charitable initiative by Rachael Ray to help animals in need.

“This grant means that we can add this low-cost spay/neuter project to our efforts this year to decrease the number of unwanted dogs and cats who are stray or entering the two town pounds,” said April Bowden, Director of MARC. “Our goal is to perform 233 spay/neuter operations over one year, July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017. We appreciate the support of Best Friends and Rachael’s Rescue to make MARC’s Community Pets Spay Neuter Campaign possible.”

MARC is an active partner in Best Friends No More Homeless Pets® Network which offers help and support to animal rescue groups and shelters that save lives in their communities.

“Every day some 9,000 animals are killed in our nation’s shelters simply because they don’t have a home. When you choose to adopt your next pet you are becoming part of the solution right here in our community,” said Sue Scruggs, Executive Director of MARC. “That’s why we are proud to partner with Best Friends. We really believe together we can make a huge difference.”

MARC is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of animals in Marion County,TN through Humane Education and Spay Neuter promotion and advocacy. MARC’s main focus is getting dogs and cats Spayed (for female animals) or Neutered (for male animals) before more unwanted litters of puppies or kittens are born. We try to re-home dogs and cats who are already alive. MARC provides education for young people and adults about humane care of animals especially having them spayed or neutered.

Puppies and kittens can be spayed or neutered (altered) as early as 8 - 10 weeks of age and must weigh at least 2.2 lbs. Both males and females benefit from being altered. It decreases the chance of your pet developing cancer of the reproductive organs which is fairly common, it keeps male dogs closer to home and thus decreases the risk of them being hit by motor vehicles, and it decreases aggression. Having your dog neutered or spayed does Not make him/her lazy or not want to hunt or continue any activity he/she did before being altered.

If you live in Marion County and qualify as being of low income status (receive Foods Stamps or TENNCARE or Medicaid, etc.) contact MARC Now to schedule your dog(s) or cat(s) to be spayed or neutered under this Best Friends Grant. Call the MARC message line 423-240-9074 and leave a voice message that you want your pet spayed or neutered. A MARC volunteer will call you back in 24 - 72 hours to get all the information required about you and your animals. Your animals will then be scheduled and you will be called when the date has been determined for your appointment. MARC will transport the animals in the morning to a low cost spay neuter clinic for the operations. Your animal(s) will return to you that same evening.

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About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,300 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

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