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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:         

Shelby Parsons

Communications Manager

Mississippi Spay and Neuter

769-257-0277

shelby@msspan.org

Petco Foundation awards Mississippi Spay and Neuter with $25,000 grant

Funds will be used to provide no-cost spay/neuter services to pets of low-income families in the Jackson area

Jackson, MS – September 27th, 2016 - Mississippi Spay and Neuter was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Petco Foundation, as well as a $15,000 bonus grant to be used for services in high-poverty areas.

The initial $10,000 in funding will be used to provide spay/neuter services to clients of various social services organizations in Jackson.

Mississippi Spay and Neuter plans to use the additional $15,000 to provide free spay/neuter to animals who will be adopted from City of Jackson Animal Shelter, those who are returned to their owners, and cats/dogs who have been the subject of Animal Control calls.

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                    Gracie                                                                   Snoopy

Mississippi Spay and Neuter’s 8-year-old pet sterilization program at the Big Fix Clinic has successfully altered more than 35,000+ animals since 2008, which proactively helps fight the Jackson Metro Area's dire pet overpopulation problem.

Our Mission… To reduce euthanasia and suffering of homeless animals by providing affordable spay and neuter; by engaging the cooperation of the community and by raising awareness of pet overpopulation.

Currently, MS SPAN provides pet owners living in 42 counties or 82% of Mississippi's residents with access to low-cost spay/neuter services either through their voucher program, high-volume spay/neuter clinic (the Big Fix Clinic), and/or through their referral services to the other 3 high-volume clinics around the state as well as referrals to other animal welfare groups with "Animal Care" funding.  MS SPAN also offers free transport services from 3 locations in a 90-mile radius to the Big Fix Clinic.  

For more information on Mississippi Spay and Neuter and its programs, call 601-420-2438 or visit www.msspan.org.

About The Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $167 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 4.9 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

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