Animal protection league sharing $17,000 grant from Bob Barker’s foundation

From Staff Reports

Oct 16, 2007 - Hopkins County Animal Protection League was one of two East Texas groups  designated a share of a $17,000 grant from the DJ&T Foundation.

The funding will be divided among the animal protection leagues in Sulphur Springs and Longview for the purchase of new equipment for their spay and neuter programs.

The Sulphur Springs office will get a new prep table and autoclave machine. Longview will purchase a new surgery table. Both will also benefit from a surgical "light and lift table," as well as 10 new surgery packs.

The DJ&T Foundation is a non-profit foundation devoted to support of low cost spay/neuter clinics and voucher programs through the United States. DJ&T was established in 1995 by Bob Barker as a way to help relieve animal over-population. It was founded in memory of Barker’s wife, Dorothy Joe and his mother, Matilda “Tilly” Valandra, both animal lovers.

Each grant application is examined by the DJ&T Foundation Board of Directors“to be  sure that a real need exists and that the organization provides  excellent services in an efficient, responsible and humane manner,” according to the foundation web site (www.djtfoundation.org/).

This marks the 10th year HCAPL has been operating its low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination program. The new equipment will help replace older, outdated equipment at each facility.

The animal protection leagues assess sterilization costs based on type and breed of animal, costs which may also be subsidized depending on the owner’s income. 

The cost for annual vaccination shot packages are $20 for dogs and $25 for cats, and $6 for rabies shots alone. These are offered each Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

�For more information about the sterilization or vaccination programs, call HCAPL at 903-439-2953.

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