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Spay/Neuter Awareness Month Boosts Animal Welfare in Michigan
Michigan Ag Connection - 02/28/2024

Spay/Neuter Awareness Month shines a spotlight on responsible pet ownership, a crucial focus for Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). The state emphasizes the necessity of spaying and neutering to control the population of unwanted pets, making them more suitable for adoption into loving homes.

State Veterinarian Dr. Nora Wineland highlights the requirement for registered animal shelters in Michigan to spay or neuter dogs, cats, and ferrets as part of the adoption process. MDARD, with the support of Michigan taxpayers, extends assistance through Animal Welfare Fund grants to local shelters, ensuring lasting positive effects in their communities.

Animal Welfare Fund grants play a pivotal role in financing spay/neuter procedures, vaccinations, and other essential animal care projects. Michiganders can actively contribute by checking the Animal Welfare Fund box on Form 4642 during state tax returns, fostering more resources for shelters to meet community demands.

Shawn Donovan, Supervisor at the City of Taylor Animal Shelter, emphasizes the impact of spaying and neutering in reducing strays, contributing to a safer and healthier community. Jodi Schrader, Director and Founder of Saved by Zade, urges donations to the Animal Welfare Fund, emphasizing the widespread need for assistance across Michigan.

To amplify awareness, a video underscores the significance of spaying and neutering in promoting responsible pet ownership. For more information and to contribute, visit

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