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Friends of Strays receives grant

Published: Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 3:43 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 3:52 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Friends of Strays no-kill animal shelter recently was awarded a $1,500 grant from the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation.

The monies will be used to assist low income individuals and senior citizens in getting their animals spayed and neutered.

Linda Sullivan, a Friends of Strays Board Member, said the shelter was very fortunate to receive the grant and encouraged eligible residents to take advantage of the opportunity.

Friends of Strays holds a low income spay and neuter clinic the second Monday of each month at the shelter, which is located behind the Road Ranger Truck Stop.

“It’s very important to have pets spayed and neutered,” said Sullivan. “This grant gives people a chance who maybe normally can’t afford to have their pet spayed or neutered at regular costs.”

She explained the surgical process helps prevent health issues in animals, especially in male cats and dogs, who can be more prone to things like cancer when not neutered.

Also, the process cuts down on unwanted cats and dogs. Sullivan explained Friends of Strays, along with most animals shelters in the area, are full and cannot handle anymore animals, therefore having cats and dogs spayed or neutered helps prevent overcrowding in shelters.

The regular price range for low income individuals to have their pets spayed or neuter ranges from $40 to $65, depending on the sex and type of animal, according to Sullivan.

Friends of Strays encourages anyone interested in using the grant opportunity to contact the shelter at 815-872-7387.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation is committed to making life more bearable for children, families and pets in need of a helping paw. With the sale of each full-sized Bearemy’s Kennel Pals friend — a collection of Build-A-Bear Workshop plush dogs — $1 is donated to domestic pet programs including, local animal shelters, stray pet rescue and rehabilitation organizations and pet education programs around the country. These funds are available to qualified non-profit organizations in the United States and Canada. Visit www.buildabear.com for more information.

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