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New Feline Friend License Plate
By: Jackie Sosby
Thur Jan 22, 2009 1:27pm EDT

Macon,Ga.- State officials unveiled a new license plate today benefiting Georgiaís spay/neuter program. The new license plate depicts a black and white tuxedo cat. Proceeds from sales of the Feline Friend license plate will directly benefit the Dog and Cat Sterilization Program, which provides spay/neuter subsidies to Georgians statewide and performs educational outreach on this healthy choice.

The Feline Friend license plate joins the Programís two other designs, the Buddy and Animal Friend license plates. Since November 2003, almost $2.9 million has been earned to specifically fund subsidies and education. In addition to license plate sales, which provide the Programís primary funding source, the State Income Tax Checkoff is another means of supporting the Programís critical efforts.

ďBy adding the new Feline Friend license plate we hope to appeal to cat lovers throughout Georgia to help us with this important program,Ē said Commissioner Irvin. ďWe hope that everyone goes out and buys this tag for their vehicles.Ē

Unlike other spay/neuter programs, the DCSP has no income requirements. Any Georgia resident may benefit from the program. Interested residents should contact their local veterinarians to confirm program participation. More than 41,000 spay/neuter surgeries have been performed on animals in all 159 Georgia counties. To date, 1,004 veterinarians currently participate in the Program. For complete Program information and to find a participating veterinarian in their area, Georgians are invited to contact the Program by visiting www.agr.georgia.gov or by calling (404) 656-3667.

Georgians may purchase any of the Programís license plates for their vehicles from county tag offices throughout Georgia for a $25.00 one-time fee. More than $22.00 from each license plate sold directly benefits the DCSP. These funds are allocated only for spay/neuter procedures and educational outreach on this healthy choice. Georgians may also contribute to the DCSP in honor or memory of a loved one. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible and provide much-needed funding to help curb the epidemic of pet overpopulation in our state.

Editorís Note: One of the best things pet owners can do for their dogs and cats is to have them spayed or neutered. Spaying greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer and prevents various reproductive tract disorders. Neutering often resolves undesirable behaviors such as aggression, spraying and roaming as well as eliminates the risk of various testicular diseases. In addition to improving a petís health, spaying or neutering decreases the burden on overcrowded animal shelters. The Georgia Department of Agriculture recognizes the epidemic proportions of pet overpopulation. Through its Dog and Cat Sterilization Program, the Department is curbing pet overpopulation statewide.
 
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