MOAS' 2019 Bissell Pet foundation spay/neuter grant

With the Help of the Bissell Pet Foundation, We’ll Spay & Neuter 800 Pets in 2019!

We are proud to announce that our shelter was chosen out of hundreds of applications from across the nation to receive a $23,000 spay/neuter grant from the Bissell Pet Foundation. This generous grant will enable us to offer 800 free spays and neuters for the residents of Madison and Oglethorpe counties next year to individuals who might not otherwise be able to afford to alter their animals. In the past year alone we took in over 2,800 animals. Pet overpopulation has been a consistent problem in our community, but this year has been especially difficult. Even in December when “puppy and kitten season” has normally ended, we are still seeing shocking numbers arrive at the shelter.

Our shelter is only designed to hold 80-100 animals but in this past year, an average of 225 animals entered our shelter each month, which is more than double the shelter's capacity. In our busiest months, we’ve sometimes received over 400, all of which makes it extremely difficult to find homes for all of the animals in our care. But this grant will enable us to real steps to reduce the number of unwanted animals in our community. This grant will also benefit the animals altered and their owners. Studies show that altered animals tend to live longer, healthier lives. Altering animals when they are young reduces the risk of certain forms of cancer in both males and females. It can also reduce the urge to roam so they are less likely to suffer injury from being struck by automobiles, fighting with other animals (including wildlife), or even being harmed by humans. It will also save owners the substantial costs of caring for a litter and can even ward off undesirable behavior like aggression and marking.

MOAS has already begun reviewing applications and scheduling surgeries. Preference will be given to low-income citizens first. The grant is only open to residents of Madison and Oglethorpe counties. Please fill out the application below or stop by the shelter for an application. For additional information you may call 706-795-2868 Wednesday- Sunday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Due to the overwhelming number of requests please allow 3-4 weeks for us to reply to your request.

Every spay/neuter makes a huge impact!

If we assume that all 800 of these to-be-altered animals have the potential to birth or sire two litters a year with an average of five puppies or kittens in each litter, this grant will allow us to prevent the birth of 8,000 unwanted animals per year! But that’s just one year. Every kitten or puppy born that is unaltered has the chance to produce more and more offspring, who then may also reproduce themselves, leading to thousands of unwanted animals in just a few years. Check out the cat and dog pyramids below made by our friends at Spay Baton Rouge to get a better idea of the size of the problem. But with your help, we can break this cycle!

Application For Grant Funded


Are you a Madison or Oglethorpe County Resident? *
IF YOU ANSWERED NO you do not qualify for this grant. Please do not continue the application.
Name *
Please provide your FULL address, including the city. No PO Boxes.
What is your total annual household income? *
Only put one name. You must fill out a seperate application for each animal you are requesting free spay/neuter for.
Species *
Male or Female *
Is this animal Feral, Stray, or Owned? *
If Female, is she In Heat or Pregnant?
There is a $12.50 charge for females In Heat or Pregnant that you will be required to pay. This is not negoatiable and is at the veterinarians discretion.
If Male, does he have a retained testicle(s)?
There is an additional $12.50 charge for each retained testicle that you will be required to pay.
If Female, is she currently nursing or lactating?
Still apply, surgery will be scheduled at least 3 to 4 weeks after the mother is done nursing.
Is this animal up to date with the rabies vaccine? *
If Yes, you will be required to show proof of rabies vaccine by medical records from your veterinarian, or a rabies certificate. A rabies tag will not suffice. If No, and your pet is approved for the spay or neuter grant, the rabies vaccine is included in the approval.
This application is for one free spay or neuter for an owned animal or animal from a managed TNR colony. If you have multiple animals you are requesting assistance for, you must submit an application for each. By filling out this application, you are confirming that the animal to be spayed or neutered is your animal. You are also confirming that you are a current Madison or Oglethorpe County Resident and understand you must provide proof of residency in Madison or Oglethorpe county. You MUST have a driver’s license or government issued ID with your current address. This application and all required documentation are confidential information and will be used only by authorized staff for the purpose of processing your application. By signing below, you agree that all information provided is accurate and complete. Any information found to be incomplete, fraudulent, or otherwise false will result in the denial of this application and no further applications will be allowed. At any time, the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter reserves the right to discontinue this program and/or deny any application, for any reason, at any point during the process. By signing below, you are also agreeing to pay any additional fees that are not approved. I understand that if I fail to bring adequate proof of residency as described above on the day of surgery that I will be charged the full amount of the bill. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Qualified applications will be scheduled for their spay or neuter in order of application received. Space is limited and we will schedule surgeries accordingly until funding has run out.