announced the 2019 grantees under the West Virginia Spay and Neuter Assistance Program.
There were 71 applicants requesting more than $850,235 in grant funding. Fifty-five projects
will receive a total of $419,766 in state assistance this year.
“We saw an increase of roughly $50,000 in additional funds available to the program. With
matching dollars, 49 counties will have access to $694,909 to help control local animal
populations,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Clearly, cities and counties
see this as an issue that must be dealt with.”
In 2017, House Bill 2552 added a fee to pet food registration in West Virginia to establish a
funding stream for the Spay and Neuter program. Money raised from the increased fees were
designated to grants for spay/neuter assistance. Eligible entities included county or municipal
shelters, animal control agencies and nongovernmental, 501(c)(3), entities incorporated in
West Virginia. This is the second year of a ten-year award cycle.
“We hear all the time from humane societies and municipalities they need help maintaining
feral and domestic populations in West Virginia. With state assistance, these entities can
tackle this problem without putting a huge stress on their limited budgets,” said WVDA Chief
of Staff Norman Bailey. “We are excited to see a lot of the matching contributions have come
from private donations.”
In 2018, 47 entities were awarded $367,680. With matching contributions, 8,953
spay/neuter procedures were performed under the West Virginia Spay and Neuter