- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) - A nonprofit agency plans to spay and neuter 1,000 cats in two eastern Indiana counties after receiving a $23,250 grant.

The Animal Care Alliance at the HELP The Animals shelter and clinic in Richmond received the grant from PetSmartCharities in late December, clinic manager Joyce Luckett told the Palladium-Item for a story Sunday (http://pinews.co/LN6Q8P ).

The agency already has spayed and neutered more than 100 stray cats, she said.

“This is very exciting for us,” Luckett said. “We have realized that there is a growing need in this community for low-cost animal care. We’ll do close to 5,000 spays and neuters of dogs and cats this year.”

Luckett said grant dollars can used in Richmond, Centerville and Cambridge City in Wayne County and Lynn and Winchester in Randolph County.

“We will spay and neuter cats brought to us from those communities. We included Lynn and Winchester because there are not a lot of low-cost spay and neuter opportunities in those communities,” she said.

She said the alliance will donate rabies and distemper vaccinations for each cat spayed and neutered through the grant.

PetSmartCharities is a national nonprofit animal welfare organization that specializes in adopting out pets and making grants to organizations that directly help pets in need.

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Information from: Palladium-Item, http://www.pal-item.com