Dr. Bryan Buttress, of the Texas County Veterinary Clinic, uses sutures to sew up a spayed female dog. Buttress will help when The Animal Shelter of Texas County condicts low-cost spay and neutering later this year after receiving a ,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture's Pet Spay and Neuter Fund.

The Animal Shelter of Texas County was recently named as one of nine award winners of funds from the Missouri Pet Spay and Neuter Fund.

Shelters and rescue organizations from across the state submitted applications that were reviewed by the Missouri Spay and Neuter Board, and TASTC received $3,000 from a total of $20,000 awarded through a program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

TASTC will use the money to conduct low-cost spaying and neutering of 85 county residents’ dogs and cats. A lottery-style drawing will determine the animals to be fixed. Forms to apply for the lottery are available at the shelter and the Bark Plaza Pet Hotel, both located on Highway 17 about two miles east of Houston.

Applications will be accepted from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30. At the time of their spay or neuter appointments, lottery winners will then draw to determine the fee for their procedure, which will be $15, $20 or $25.

Money collected from fees will be immediately recycled into more spaying and neutering, and more applicants will be contacted until all funds are used up.

For more information, call TASTC at 417-967-0700.

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