Lansing, Mich. Twenty-two animal shelters across Michigan have been awarded nearly $185,000 from a state fund to which residents voluntarily contribute on their tax returns.
State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill this week announced grants recently given from the Michigan Animal Welfare Fund. The state received 56 applications totaling close to $480,000 in requests.
The money will go to spaying and neutering animals, registration fees, speakers for large anti-animal cruelty training conferences and caring for abused and neglected animals.
The animal welfare fund was created under a 2007 law and began distributing money in 2010. Nearly $700,000 has been disbursed to 82 shelters in Michigan.