Cecil County Animal Services is proud to announce the award of a grant from the Maryland Department of Agriculture Spay and Neuter Grants Program in the amount of $37,276.The PAWL Project (Prevent All Unwanted Litters) will provide free spay and neuter services and rabies vaccines for pets of qualifying individuals and families. Cecil County Animal Services is committed to ensuring that spay and neuter services are affordable and accessible to families with a limited income.
The project will build upon the robust partnerships created between Cecil County Animal Services and Cecil County Health Department, Cecil County Department of Social Services, Cecil County Public Library and other Divisions within the Cecil County Department of Community Services to include Housing and Community Development, Aging and Disability Services and Cecil Transit. Beginning January 1, 2018, partners will be provided color-coded vouchers to disseminate to qualified individuals and families. Pet owners can successfully redeem their vouchers through appointment at CCAS at any of the regularly scheduled free spay and neuter clinics.
“As the Director of the only open admission shelter in Cecil County, I couldn’t be more proud of this grant award from the Maryland Department of Agriculture. It is my hope that we can drastically impact the number of unwanted litters being born in our county and reduce the number of stray animals coming into our shelter,” said Abigail Bingham, Director of Cecil County Animal Services.
In its first year of service, CCAS received over 1800 animals, of which at least half were presumed to be strays. It is believed that initiatives such as the PAWL Project will help to significantly reduce the number of strays in Cecil County.
David Trolio, Director of the Department of Community Services agreed, noting “This partnership between Cecil County Animal Services and the Maryland Department of Agriculture affords Cecil County an excellent opportunity to provide families affordable spay and neutering options for their pets while simultaneously mitigating unwanted litters.”
Spay and neuter services provided through the PAWL Project will be available at the Cecil County Animal Shelter, and must be scheduled in advance. Please call 410-441-2040 for further information.