State pushes spay-neuter effort

Ag chief visits JC shelter to promote program

Jon Hagler, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, says hello to Oliver, a mixed breed dog, as he tours the Jefferson City Animal Shelter Tuesday to promote the Pet Spay and Neuter Grants program, offered to Missouri's animal shelters, rescue groups and non-profit organizations who provide those services.

Jon Hagler, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, says hello to Oliver, a mixed breed dog, as he tours the Jefferson City Animal Shelter Tuesday to promote the Pet Spay and Neuter Grants program, offered to Missouri's animal shelters, rescue groups and non-profit organizations who provide those services. Photo by Julie Smith.

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is offering grants in 2013 for the Pet Spay and Neuter Program, which helps animal shelters, humane societies and non-profit rescue groups with the costs of spaying and neutering animals.

2013 marks the fifth year for the program, which is funded by proceeds from Missouri’s “I’m Pet Friendly” license plates through the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Department of Agriculture Director Jon Hagler promoted the license plates and the Pet Spay and Neuter Program on Tuesday at Jefferson City Animal Shelter.

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