Americas Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to support local farming communities.
The program, which launched in 2010, engages farmers in entering to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit organization.
One winner is selected in each of the 1,289 eligible counties in 39 states. Jason and Krista Kelly of Rensselaer Falls nominated the St. Lawrence Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who won the 2014 New York State, St. Lawrence County, $2,500 award.
The St. Lawrence Valley SPCA has as its mission to provide quality care for unwanted animals, alleviate pain and suffering, promote quality adoptions, advocate spaying and neutering as the only humane method of pet population control, and to educate the public on humane treatment of all animals.
Spaying or neutering your pet is important. Theres an excess of unwanted puppies and kittens and adult dogs and cats in shelters across the nation.
For every person that is born, 15 dogs and 45 cats are also born.
Millions of unwanted puppies and kittens born every year will never find good homes.
To pursue our mission, we work closely with Spay/Neuter/Now Ltd. (www.spayneuternow.org) as they provide low-cost spaying, neutering and vaccination services to individuals residing throughout St. Lawrence County.
We remit $10 to SNN for each animal served to further reduce the cost of the service to the individuals providing for the animals care.
Animals served may be owned by low-income individuals or be strays or barn cats from local households and arms.
We have committed ourselves to partnering with this program, not only for the health of the dogs and cats that may reproduce but for the puppies and kittens that will end up in shelters or in less than appropriate living conditions. Currently, our organization contributes $6,000 to $8,000 yearly to support the efforts to reduce overpopulation in St. Lawrence County by supporting this spaying and neutering effort. As an open-admission shelter, we do not turn away animals, so by reducing the rate of reproduction and encouraging spaying and neutering efforts throughout the county, we may eventually reduce the number of animals coming into our shelter.
It is our plan that the $2,500 received from the Monsanto Fund will be placed in our Furry Angels Medical Fund.
This money is used to support our work with Spay/Neuter/Now.
Therefore, 250 animals in St. Lawrence County will be served by this grant.
Karen Cunningham is president of the St. Lawrence Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.