Downriver Animal Shelter Receives Grant for Sterilizations

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Southgate animal shelter has received a $10,000 grant from the state of Michigan for sterilizations.

The Downriver Central Animal Control Agency will be able to fix approximately 400 cats and dogs with the funds.

Aaron Berterra is the agency’s chief animal control officer. He says sterilization helps reduce the need for euthanasia.

“We just want people to know that spaying and neutering your animal is the best possible way to eliminate the homeless pet population," he said. "If you want to save 100 animals, all you have to do is just spay one of them.”

Berterra says the shelter is implementing a program to sterilize all animals that are getting adopted.

The grant will run through December.