CHARLESTON, W.V. – Senate President Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) applauded today the creation of a new law that will cut down on the number of animals euthanized in West Virginia’s animal shelters.
Senate Bill 202 creates the West Virginia Spay and Neuter Assistance Program and Fund. The new program provides grants to non-profit spay and neuter programs throughout the state. Senate President Kessler says this will help residents who cannot afford to spay or neuter their pets.
“I have worked for several years to see this bill passed, and I am pleased that lawmakers worked together in order to get this bill to Governor Tomblin’s desk for his signature,” says Kessler. “As a pet owner, I understand the joys dogs and cats bring to a family. This program will help families and their pets, as well as lessen burdens on state animal shelters.”
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says this bill will save tens of thousands of animals throughout the Mountain State each year.
The Governor signed the bill last week, along with other measures to protect companion animals in the state. The Spay/Neuter Assistance Program goes into effect July 12, 2013.