Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) provided 244 free spays and neuters to community pets on October 30, thanks to $13,649 in grant funding from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
The grant, aimed at supporting community pet spay and neuter efforts, enabled TCAP to provide free sterilizations for 147 cats and 97 dogs across its eight North Texas locations.
"The support from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission could not have come at a better time for our community," said Stacey Schumacher, TCAP's Executive Director. "Many families face financial constraints during the holiday season, and this grant has allowed us to make a positive impact on the lives of countless animals and the people who love them."
Following a summer of heavy surrenders for North Texas animal shelters, reducing the barriers to spaying and neutering is essential to preventing more unwanted litter from entering already overcrowded city facilities.
Many pet parents who received the grant were overjoyed, stating the grant would dramatically help their family during this time.
“I’m so happy I can actually buy groceries this month,” said Susan Dyrd, an Allen-area pet owner and TCAP client. “It’s a wonderful thing to receive a grant. I appreciate it so much.”
TCAP officials said the grant funding leaves room for 52 more community pet sterilizations – grants the nonprofit plans to award later this month.
“We’re thankful for HHSC’s support and commitment to animal welfare,” Schumacher said. “We’re looking forward to assisting more pet parents needing high-quality, affordable services.”
About Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP):
Texas Coalition for Animal Protection is a nonprofit organization committed to providing high-quality, low-cost veterinary services to underserved communities. With a focus on spay/neuter surgeries and preventive care, TCAP seeks to reduce pet overpopulation and improve animal welfare across Texas. Through its eight North Texas locations, more than 40 offsite travel locations, and educational initiatives, TCAP strives to make a significant and lasting impact on the lives of animals and those who love them.