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Animal welfare groups to help disadvantaged pet owners

August 14, 2021 GMT

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — More than 20 organizations around Maine are set to receive grants in support of animal welfare work.

The money is from the Maine Community Foundation, which is awarding $282,000 to support the work. Recipients include the Waldo County Pet Food Pantry and Humane Society Waterville Area.

The SPCA of Hancock County is slated to receive a grant to establish spay and neuter clinics and provide financial assistance to low-income pet owners for unexpected veterinary bills.

The foundation’s animal welfare fund has been around since 2007. The foundation said “priority is given to organizations that help low-income or disadvantaged populations maintain ownership of their pets and prevent animal surrender/abandonment.”